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Study Resources: Geography

This page contains websites, books, software, and other resources that will help you teach this subject and have fun with it as well.


The following websites provide informative detailed geographical information for the United States and the world, offer access to printable outline maps, allow you to practice placing or naming all 50 states, and include geography games the kids will love.


Google Earth (If your kids like playing SimCity, they will love this real-life application. In fact, the whole family will find it fascinating! It’s a terrific opportunity to study geography and learn about the world. Where else can you inspect whole continents and then pinpoint exactly where you are in relation to it all! Exploring the world in this way really shows the interconnectedness of everything. Read my complete review here:

Geography Standards (Brief descriptions of 18 National Geography Standards.)

Helping Your Child Learn Geography (A publication of the USGS and Department of Education that you can download.) (Students, teachers, parents and children can have fun learning about geography right here.)

FactMonster Geography Guide (Facts, statistics, and basic information on U.S. and World geography; includes maps and features, quizzes and crosswords.)

Geography Theme Unit (Reading comprehension, vocabulary, printables, puzzles, and more.)

GeoTeacher (Country Studies.)

National Geographic Society

National Geographic for Teachers (Educational materials, teacher-tested products, lesson plans, and more.)

National Geographic for Kids

Maps and Geography, from National Geographic

Geography Hotlist (A list of geography links from the Franklin Institute Online.)


United Nations Cyber School Bus (Global teaching and learning project.)

Country Reports (Country information from around the world on over 260 countries!)

Country Studies (The Library of Congress Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. Focusing primarily on lesser-known areas of the world, 101 countries and regions are covered.)

Lonely Planet Destinations (A colorful world map gives instant access to informative country profiles and travel tips.)

Geographia (Culture and history guide to world travel destinations in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.)

World Wise Schools Lesson Plans (Peace Corps information on countries and cultures organized by grade range, topic, geographic region, and publication title.)

Where in the World is. . .? (In this geography activity from the Peace Corps, students move themselves around a world map using lines of latitude and longitude. In doing so, students will learn the location of eleven countries around the world where Peace Corps Volunteers are serving.)

United States

National Atlas of the United States (You've found the single best Federal source for national maps and geographic information on the Web. The people and places of the United States are here. Visualize and understand complex demographic, economic, social, political, and historical relationships between environments, places, and people. Covers the topics of agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government, history, mapping, people, transportation, and water as they relate to American life. Learn about topics that interest you, play with interactive maps, print pre-formatted maps on a variety of topics, customize your own map, order larger wall maps. Includes data for mapping professionals.)

Explore the States (The story of each state, from America’s library.)

U.S. Geographical Survey

Pigskin Geography (Pigskin Geography combines football action with a variety of teaching aids to get your classes off the bench and into the game! Pigskin Geography is a 17-week program that motivates students to learn United States geography by tracking the travels of competing professional football teams with the NFL schedule supplied with this program. Students do not need to know the rules of football to enjoy this educational challenge. There is a new question daily through the football season.)

Stately Knowledge (These web pages from the Internet Public Library will help you find out the basic facts of any state in the Union, including Washington D.C.)

Fifty States (Everything you need to know for a 5th-grade report on any of the states in the USA. Includes state facts, flags, birds, songs, and additional study tools; plus commonwealths and territories. Click here for a United States and Capitals Map.)

State Reports (Choose your state from the map and start gathering all the information and images you need to make an A+ state report project.)

FactFinder Kids' Corner (Welcome to the Kids’ Corner of the U.S. Census Bureau. Learn about the census, get facts about your state, and have fun with quiz questions.)

United States Geography (Miscellaneous geography facts from Infoplease.)

State Unit Studies

Homeschool Geography Projects (From Mrs. Patricia Sepp, Home Educator and Teacher-Consultant, Arizona Geographic Alliance.)

Maps & References

Children’s Interfact Reference Atlas

World Atlas (An atlas of maps, flags, geography facts and more, on almost every destination on the planet!)

World Flags (Click on a region to see the flags from those countries.)

Color Landform Atlas of the United States

Eduplace Outline Maps

Blank Outline Maps (Free Blank Outline Maps of the Countries and Continents of the World.)

American Historical Maps (American Memories Historical Map collection 1544-2004, from the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.)

How Far Is It? (Courtesy of, this service uses data from the US Census and a supplementary list of cities around the world to find the latitude and longitude of two places, and then calculates the distance between them. It also provides a map showing the two places.)

The Colorful Mathematics of Maps

Maps, Flags and Timelines

Xpeditions Atlas (Maps Made for Printing and Copying, from National Geographic.)

Odden's Bookmarks (The Fascinating World of Maps and Mapping. Oddens' bookmarks was started in 1995 by Roelof Oddens, the curator of the map Library of the Faculty of GeoSciences, Universiteit Utrecht. As an extra service for visitors of the map library he started collecting links about maps and mapping on the internet, at that point in time an emerging source of information. What started out as 1995 as 13 pages (categories) with about a dozen links each had grown in 1999 to over 6500 links, still divided over about 15 pages, some containing over 700 links. The links were ordered by country, so searching on subject was virtually impossible. In September 1999 the separate pages were converted and placed in a database, which made it possible to search on subject, country, category or a combination of these. Using a database also made adding links much easier than it had been before. As a result of this the number of links in the database has grown from 6500 in 1999 to over 22000 in April 2004.)

Puzzles of the Earth (A comprehensive website dedicated to teaching the theory of Plate Tectonics which is responsible for many of the geographical features and events found in our lives. From ThinkQuest.)

Wide World of Maps
(Huge selection of maps, globes, geography-related books & games. Shop online for Atlases, Books, Software, Folding Maps, Wall Maps, Notebook Maps, Topographic Maps, Globes, Compasses, GPS Units, Optics, Charts, Posters, and more. They also have three Map Center and Gallery stores in the Phoenix Metropolitan area stocked with the latest in printed and electronic maps, navigational tools, travel and outdoor recreation publications, globes, decorative map products and a wide variety of related items.)

Calgary - AB - Global Air Photos Aerial Photos
Yahoo! --- Maps
GeoCommunity - The Source for GIS Data, News, Software, Discussion & Fun
ArcData Online: ESRI's Internet Mapping and Data Site
Maptech USGS Topo Maps
Census TMS Home Page
PCL Map Collection
Maps On Us: A Map, Route and Yellow Pages Service
MapQuest! Welcome!
Vicinity Corporation's MapBlast!
NGS Map Machine
Welcome to TerraServer
Map Reading Skills

Lesson Plans

Xpeditions Geography Lesson Plans

Activities, Games & Quizzes

U.S. Geography (On-line activities for learning United States geography. May not work in all browsers.)

People, Places, and Change: A Geographer’s World (GeoTreks Activities for middle school students from Holt, Reinhart and Winston. Learn to use online maps, find out what it’s like to be a geographer, compare regions around the world, and quiz yourself on what you have learned.)

U.S. States and Capitals Map Puzzle (Geography is spatial – so why not learn it spatially? Reading that Virginia is north of ("on top of") North Carolina does not stick in the mind very well. Seeing a picture is better, and moving the states around on a map is better still. It is easier to remember and more meaningful. Give your child a picture of the world that she will always have in her mind. Learn the geography of the United States with a free downloadable map puzzle of states and capitals. It works just like a wooden map puzzle, except you can't lose the pieces. From history books to the nightly news, or the Net, your child will know the WHERE of important events. Put in the states with the state borders shown on the background to learn quickly. Then try it without the state borders to test your knowledge. Learn the capitals. Play for your fastest time or just for fun!)

Place the State (Drag and drop the states into their correct places.)

Where in the World? (A game that’s also a geography lesson.)

Geo-Globe (Interactive Geography Lesson from ThinkQuest. This site has sounds!)

Graphic Maps Geography Quiz (Until solved, a new clue is added each weekday morning by 8:00am CST. A $100 cash prize is paid to the person who submits the first correct answer, and anyone worldwide can participate, but the questions are DIFFICULT!)

GeoBee Central (This site was created by former participants of the National Geographic Bee, to help you learn geography and prepare for the Bee.)

Test Your Geography Knowledge (Point-and-click map-based geography quizzes.)

Geography World (Games, Puzzles, Quizzes and Trivia on many different geography topics.)

GeoNet (Geography Game from Houghton Mifflin. Choose the United States or the World.)

Name That State (Take this test and see if you can pass the third grade!)

Geography Puzzles (John Potter provides a word search puzzle for world cities, world countries, the USA, U.S. capitols, and every state in the Union.)

USA Web Games (Learn the locations, capitals, abbreviations and over 500 important facts about our 50 states. The newer games include speech and blurbs to make learning even more fun! Choose from USA Geography Games, USA Capitals Games, or Older Games. The games are divided into levels such as beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert.)

Vector Kids: State Capitals (Select a state and choose the corresponding capital.)

USA Geography Quiz (Test your knowledge of state abbreviations, state capitals, and state locations.)

Do You Know Your State Flags? (Boys Scouts of America quiz showing a state flag. You select a state and check to see if your answer is right.)

U.S. State Capitals (Learn the state capitals by playing Concentration, Matching, Flashcards, or Word Search.)

States and Capitals of The United States (Guess the states and guess the capitals in these interactive quizzes.)

United States Geography Tutor (Learn the states of the USA in this free download. Includes a study mode and two types of quiz to test your knowledge. Also available on CD-ROM along with European Geography Tutor and African Geography Tutor.)

World Geography Tutor (Master world geography with this educational quiz tool. Available as a download or on CD-ROM as part of a Learning Fun games package.)

Where Is That? (The game where your mind is your map! Pick the maps and difficulty level you wish to play and click "Show Me the Maps" to begin. There is also a two player version.)

National Geographic Xpeditions (Aligned to national geography standards, Xpeditions activities offer younger and older Xpeditioners the opportunity to use geography to complete a variety of missions. Parents, teachers, and friends can lend a hand. Xpeditioners are encouraged to use the "X-tras"—maps, games, stories, Web sites, and interactive features—to complete the tasks.)

GeoSpy (A National Geographic game for kids to identify continents, countries, states and provinces – plus other great games.)

National Geographic Bee (Official site with sample questions and a GeoBee Challenge quiz game.)

Physical Geography Links

The National Address Server
USNO Master Clock Time
Discovery News
Great circle flight path display
Earth Introduction
Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year
WORLDTIME: interactive atlas, time info, etc
NASA Images, Animations
EarthWatch Communications, Inc.
Colorado Plateau and Lake Powell Web Page - Monsoon and Canyons
Operational Significant Event Imagery
Declassified CIA Satellite Photos
GORP - US National Park List
Periodic table of the elements
World's Longest Caves
Virtual Cave
Tsunami videos and animation
Good Earth Graphics Photography


SRP Hydromet System
Climate of Phoenix
Arizona Climate Summaries
Western U.S. Climate Historical Summaries
Arizona Real-Time Surface Water Data
Climographs of U.S. Cities
North America Climographs
USA TODAY Climates of World Cities
NODC Coastal Water Temperature Guides
Water Center Home Page
Drought: A Paleo Perspective -- Home Page


The Satellite Atlas, by David Flint. (A country-by-country tour featuring colorful satellite images.)

Me on the Map, by Joan Sweeney. (In this playful introduction to maps, a child describes how her room, her house, her street, her town, her state, and her country all relate to the world.)

My World and Globe: An Interactive First Book of Geography, by Ira Wolfman. (This introductory guide to geography takes kids all around the world to explore maps, climate, terrain, animals, trade, even language. Includes an inflatable globe and stickers.)

Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary, by Jack Knowlton. (63 geographical terms - from “archipelago” to “zone” – each of which has a description and full-color illustration, is a fun introduction to the earth’s physical features for ages 7-10.)

The Kids’ Search & Find Geography Book, by Anthony Tallarico. (On this tour of the continents, young adventurers find out all about the different people and nations around the globe. There are loads of fascinating historical facts and geographical tidbits, and hundreds of things to search and find. If your kids like “Magic School Bus” or “The Comic Book Bible,” they will like this colorful cartoon guide to geography.)

Cool Geography, by Jane Glicksman. (Fun facts and activities about maps, mapmaking, explorers, and the world. Includes a Glossary and Geography History at a Glance.)

Geography Crafts for Kids, by Joe Rhatigan and Heather Smith. (50 Cool Projects and Activities for Exploring the World. Experience geography like never before!)

Why Greenland is an Island, Australia is Not—and Japan is Up for Grabs, by Joyce Davis. (A Simple Primer for Becoming a Geographical Know-it-All! Includes geography bee-style quizzes at the end.)

The Eyewitness Atlas of the World, by DK Books. (Computerized maps, beautiful photographs, and informative text capture the unique flavor of each region of the world – providing an overview of the terrain, vegetation, climate, natural resources, industries, agriculture, people and countries.)

Geography of the World, by DK Books. (Much more than an atlas, this book provides an in-depth survey of each country’s physical geography, important places, agriculture and industry, people and everyday life, explaining how the landscape or climate has shaped the country’s development and its place in today’s world. Includes flags, dates, statistics, glossary, gazetteer, and index – plus a reference section on political systems, religions, international organizations, health, education, wealth distribution, and world trade.)

Children Just Like Me, by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley. (Produced in association with Unicef, this book is a unique celebration of children around the world. The authors interviewed and photographed children in more than 30 countries, in places as diverse as New York, Mongolia, Japan, and the Amazon. The book provides a glimpse into their homes, families, and daily lives including school, play, how they dress, and what types of foods they eat. The reader will see that even though their cultures are very different, children around the world have much in common.)

The Usborne Book of Peoples of the World, by Gillian Doherty and Anna Claybourne. (This book focuses on introducing children to the beauty and diversity of the peoples of the world, in an exploration of their cultures, homes, jobs, traditions, and everyday lives.)

Around the World in 80 Pages: An Adventurous Picture Atlas of the World, by Antony Mason. (Travel all around the world with Philip S. Flogg in this fun story. The informative text, written in journal-style, is interspersed with many fun facts and full-color drawings. If your kids like “Magic School Bus” or “The Comic Book Bible,” they will like this colorful travelogue.)

Atlas of People: A Scholastic First Discovery Book. (The simplified maps, bright illustrations, see-through overlays, and basic information in this child’s first atlas introduce young children to the peoples of the world and their many different ways of life.)

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Geography: World Physical Geography, by Brenda Runkle. (A comprehensive core knowledge geography text for grades 6-12. Includes interactive daily lessons, incremental review, hands-on activities, critical thinking problems, full-color illustrations. Recommended to use with the student workbook and teacher’s guide.)

Geography for Life, by Roger Downs. (This book for teachers, covering the U.S. National Geography Standards for K-12, was published in Washington, D.C., on October 20, 1994. “The National Geography Standards contain what is most important and enduring in geography. They help teachers to decide what to teach, at what grades to teach it, and what to expect of students as a result. They give students rigorous but realistic benchmarks for which to strive.” Order Geography for Life here:



A fun way to learn about Basic Geography, US Geography, World Geography, and more. The GeoSafari unit comes with a 20-lesson National Geographic Society Basic Map Pack. Originally designed to teach geography skills, the popularity of this award-winning electronic learning game prompted additional lesson packs to be developed in the areas of history, science, logic, and early learning activities. Each lesson pack comes with 20 lessons. Features automatic answer correction and scoring. Adjustable response time allows for different skill levels. A volume control lets the student use it during school or in the car without disturbing others. Related products include the GeoSafari Geography CD-ROM and GeoSafari Talking Globe for wonderful, hands-on world geography! View all of their products at

GeoSafari Geography

Travel the world for a challenge on everything from currencies, flags, and world landmarks to U.S. states and capitals! This GeoSafari CD-ROM includes 15 dazzling learning games that bring geography to life! Includes printable worksheets and certificates. Windows/Macintosh compatible. Minimum system requirements: 8 MB Ram, 4X CD-ROM drive, 5MB hard drive space, 13-inch or larger color monitor. PC - Pentium or higher, Windows 95 or higher, SoundBlaster compatible sound card. Mac - PowerPC or higher, MacOS 7.01 or higher. List price is only $9.99!

Carmen Sandiego

Learn about history, geography, and cultures while playing a fun detective game! In Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego, you chase Carmen across the United States, researching places and solving clues along the way. In Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, you chase her and her henchmen around the world while researching countries and solving clues. All of the extra features provided in the Deluxe versions – such as real photos and sound clips – are well worth it. Carmen Sandiego Junior doesn't have as much content, but younger kids (ages 5-8) will like it. The others are best for ages 9 - 14.

Educational DVDs

Learn World Geography

A basic introduction to physical and human geography from the Standard Deviants. Hip teen hosts present an overview of each geographical area followed by a look at factors like climate, topography, historically significant events, and a glimpse at modern life. This entertaining DVD contains North America, Ho!!!, Russian Around Europe and Africa: Safari, So Good. 90 minutes. If you’re a fan of the Standard Deviants, you will probably like watching this DVD; but if not, you may find it to be lacking in substance.

Geography of the Promised Land

The Promised Land comes to life through On Assignment: Geography of the Promised Land. This award-winning multi-media unit study seamlessly integrates outstanding teaching, interactive maps, scenic geographic video, motion graphics and Bible text for maximum educational impact. Students will come away with new insights into how God’s creation and His words fit together to tell His story. This series is a valuable supplement to the study of both geography and the Bible. The complete unit study comes with five lessons on two DVD’s, a student workbook (targeted to junior and senior high schoolers) and 80-page instructor’s manual. Lessons include: Geographic Features, Geographic Regions, Climate and Geology, Geography and the Bible, Review and Assessment. Perfect for homeschool, church, families, classrooms! Order a free demo or purchase the full version by calling 1-800-569-0950 or online at

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