Geography is the study of the earth’s physical characteristics, as it relates to topography, locations, environment, regions, mountains, bodies of water, the climate and resources. The ways humans interact with their surroundings impacts the world and has global effects related to nature and geographic landscapes. The study of geography is important because it influences the development of our societies, cultures, industries, economies and the food supply.
A Kid’s Guide to Geography is a tool to help students find the information, resources and materials they need to explore the world in which they live. These online resources will provide kids the ability to achieve basic to intermediate knowledge of geography, how and why it has a direct effect on how they live their lives and what they can do to make the world a better place for the future health of the planet.
The site provides study tools for maps and gives students the ability to click on a state to learn about its resources, area facts, and state birds and trees.
All about Glaciers
The National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) provides basic information about glaciers, including facts, what they are, how they’re formed, where they are and how they affect the land.
The site contains class resources for students, A to Z fascinating facts about countries and maps of the world.
CIA Kids’ Page
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), offers a kids’ page that includes links for K through 12th Grades, games and a World Fact Book with information on the geography of 267 world entities, which includes a “guide to country comparisons” and regional maps.
Crossroads of Continents
Take a journey to one of the most remote places on earth -- the icy North Pacific, where you’ll also find links to Northeastern Siberia and Alaska. Provided by the Arctic Studies Center.
Cyber School Bus
The United Nations (UN) offers information on geography, world hunger and an interactive global map.
The website offers lessons on the world in spatial terms, places and regions, physical systems, environment and the uses of geography through the National Geographic’s Xpeditions Archive.
Fact Monster World Geography
The website provides encyclopedias on the earth, regions, the latitude and longitude of world cities, continents and their areas and elevations, the world’s changing geography, North American lakes, rivers and islands of the world, profiles of the world’s oceans and seas, and more.
Coolthmath-Games.com offers a selection of geography games to choose from, which includes states, capitals, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, Mexico and South America.
Reach the World offers interactive game that allows students to build their map countries and cities or build their own earth, which enables them to add continents, oceans, mountains and rivers.
Houghton Mifflin Social Studies gives students an opportunity to choose a map of the United States or the world from base camp and, pick an area and play games on categories, such as geography, places and regions, environment or physical systems.
Helping Your Child Learn Geography
The U.S. Department of Education provides geography information on the earth’s surface, climates, how regions form and change, and they ways humans control and adapt to their environments.
International Date Line
An interactive movie that explains that the international date line is an imaginary line on the surface of the earth opposite the Prime Meridian and how it affects world travel when traveling east or west, and across territories and islands.
Journey to Africa
Embark on an African journey and discover interesting facts, including its geography and many countries, interesting facts and a map quiz.
Kids Dare to Explore!
The National Geographic offers geography games that include areas, such as the Grand Canyon, Africa, Mount Everest, Antarctic, tornadoes and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
The KidsKnowIt Network provides fun games that help students develop their geography skills through a geography map match game for the United States, Asia, Africa, Oceana, Europe, North and South America and the world.
Rice University illustrates the importance of latitude and the role it plays navigation for ships, beacons, sailing, coastal navigation, the ocean’s currents and more.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) offers seven lessons on the basic ideas for seeing the world from a different point of view, and how to use and understand maps.
Maps and Geography
Kids.gov offers geography links to the Smithsonian encyclopedias, the U.S. Department of State, The Library of Congress and more. It also provides resources, such as a “homework helper.”
Mr. Donn’s Geography Lesson Plans and Units
The website provides geography lessons on maps, human geography, U.S. geography, regions, communities, climates and seasons, the seven continents, countries, landforms, mountains, deserts, oceans, lakes, rivers, islands, rainforests, and plains and grasslands.
My Wonderful World
The site provides global geography information as a national campaign to give kids the power of knowledge. It includes links for games, testing your “global IQ,” and a “geography awareness week” resource.
NeoK12 gives students the opportunity to watch live videos of weather, tides and hurricanes. It also provides a geography tutuor and explains how a GPS works.
The Education Place offers maps of North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, South America and the world for printing or copying.
Oxfam Geography Resources
Oxfam International provides resources based on age; and geography materials on topics, such as climate change; natural disasters and the impact of natural resources on the world’s geography.
Geography4kids.com provides information on the earth’s structure, its climates, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.
Take a virtual road trip around the country with and learn about popular vacation spots, their famous visitors and what makes each area special.
The World Quiz
The World Quiz allows students to choose quizzes based on continent, country, United States cities or the world’s oceans and continents.
World Geography Quizzes
Trivia Plaza offers world geography quizzes for bodies of water, capitals and countries, flag symbols, landmarks, longitude and latitude, mountains, regions, capitals, cities and world geography.
Geography Practice Test
A great 100 question multiple choice test that helps kids learn about geography, and check answers.
A world atlas that kids can use to learn about continents, countries, territories, islands, oceans, mountains, and more.