Physical Geography Teacher Resources

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Students 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.
Students create different landforms by using play dough. In this landforms lesson plan, students make hills, plains, mountains, lakes, and more.
Eight slides of information related to shifts in the climate make up this presentation. The vocabulary and concepts displayed are geared toward high school meteorology learners. Content is not cohesive from slide to slide, but the information presented is relevant and valuable. You may want to rearrange slides or simply pick and choose those that will best support your lecture on climate change. 
Sixth graders explore world geography by analyzing ancient civilizations. In this American Indian lesson plan, 6th graders answer questions about totem poles and discuss the keys to understanding a civilization. Students utilize the Internet to research the Native Americans and complete a graphic organizer with their classmates.
England is a very interesting country full of cultural and historical geography. Here is an impressive collection of lessons that will familiarize your students with England's cultural and historical geography. The activities presented are all well designed, and they are also supported with websites and worksheets that you can access. For any fourth grade teacher looking for a splendid way to teach about England, this resource is well-worth a look.
Students 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.
Students study how geography has affected the outcome of events and daily life in historical cultures. They study out Greece's elevation zones, precipitation, and average temperatures, and predict how these factors might have influenced daily life, warfare, and trade in ancient Greece; research and take notes on how Greece's physical geography affected daily life, warfare, and trade.
Students 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.
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.
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.
High schoolers 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.
Students describe the American Indian nations in their local region long ago and in recent past. They research religious beliefs, customs, and various folklore traditions.
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 study the cultural and geographic characteristics of the continents by examining stories and images. They describe geographic characteristics and identify each continent.
Students 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 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.
Students explore physical geography in China. In this world geography lesson plan, students examine the geography of China and how it fits into the end of the dynastic system and the rise of communism in China.
Fourth graders recognize the importance of the physical geography on a community.  In this commodities lesson, 4th graders graph the five most important commodities of Utah.  Students understand why these commodities are so important.

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