Physical Geography Teacher Resources

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Learners determine what factors identify a country's political borders. After reading an article, they investigate questions surrounding the Great Rift Valley. On a map, they trace the valley from Asia through Africa and research the countries in which the Valley runs through. They write reflective essays on their own interpretations of borders and boundaries.
Learners explore the basics of earthquakes and volcanoes. Using this information, they brainstorm how people in cities must prepare for these types of disasters. They are read the story "Three Little Pigs" and discuss the importance of having sturdy buildings. They draw pictures or write a letter to the pigs telling them how to prepare their home for an earthquake.
Young scholars work together to research the history and culture of countries in Europe. They create an itinerary that highlights the characteristics of the country they are researching. They present their brochure to the class.
Learners research how early colonists lived. They investigate late 17th century colonist's lives from Massachusetts and Delaware. Using their research, students write historical fiction in the form of friendly letters between the two colonies.
Students review the theory of plate tectonics and the history of the Earth geologically. Using the internet, they research the area known as the Ring of Fire. They create maps predicting what the Ring of Fire region might look like in one hundred million years. They write paragraphs to explain their drawings.
Young scholars role play as tour operators by planning a group tour to a country in Africa, Asia, or South America. They research the culture, physical geography, and history of one of the countries to highlight their tour destinations. They develop a brochure or booklet that describes their three week tour itinerary.
Young scholars describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in recent past. They research religious beliefs, customs, and various folklore traditions.
Geography is such a fascinating subject for learners of all ages. Prepare learners with good guiding questions, which they can use while reading their texts. Each of the provided 13 questions requires a full paragraph response on the topic of physical geography, changes, and various geography laws. 
Learners role-play Chamber of Commerce employees to inform visitors about local communities. They research local cities and write informative brochures. They examine the economics of trade and its impact on local communities.
Students research the origins of Samba in Brazil using the internet. After defining new vocabulary, they locate the cities in Brazil using latitude and longitude which practice the Samba. In groups, they compare and contrast the different types of Latin American dances and music and write an essay to end the lesson.
Students create a map using the physical geography, such as, borders, cities, towns, mountains, lakes, rivers, and oceans and identify different parts of the map and its physical geography. They compare and identify others' cookie maps.
Third graders study the Native American tribes of Maidu and Miwok by studying Internet artifacts, culture, language, music, storytelling, architecture, food, clothing, crafts and geology.
Learners explore physical geography in China. In this world geography lesson, students examine the geography of China and how it fits into the end of the dynastic system and the rise of communism in China.
Students study the cultural and geographic characteristics of the continents by examining stories and images. They describe geographic characteristics and identify each continent.
Students explore daily life and its influences in the late 1700s for two families in different colonies- Delaware and Massachusetts by becoming historical detectives. After gathering information from artifacts to make inferences about the lives and times they represent, students write historical fiction in the form of letters.
Middle schoolers chart possible location for an olympics.  In this Olympic Games lesson, students analyze which sites would be an olympics based on a study of topography and environment.
Learners explain how effects of glaciers 10,000 years ago are visible in physical geography of Wisconsin. They use maps to recognize important physical features that led to the settlement of Wisconsin by native peoples.
Seventh graders answer the following problem based lesson plan with the essential question, "Which city or town in Canada would adequately meet my family's needs for relocation?" They present their city and provide rationale for its selection.
Students analyze the "Afghanistan: Land in Crisis" map to determine how the physical geography of this region affects the lifestyles of the individuals who live there.
Students use the Canadian Atlas online to gather information on the early explorers and settlers of Canada. Individually, they complete a WebQuest to extract information from maps to make generalizations about early settlement patterns. They also describe how the physical geography of Canada influenced where populations settled.

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