World Geography Lesson Plans and Resources

All lesson plans and links on this page were checked and updated on 4-20-2014.

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Index: Resources/Collections of Geography Lessons, The Five Themes of Geography, Geographic Features/Landforms/Biomes, Maps, Geography WebQuests, Oceans, Continents/World, Africa, Specific African Countries, Middle East, Asia, Specific Asian Countries, Oceania/Pacific Rim, Australia/NZ, Europe, Specific European Countries, Polar Regions, Latin America (Mexico, Central America, South America, Caribbean Nations), Canada, US Geography, Return to Educational Resources and Lesson Plans, Go to the NCSS National Standards for Social Studies    

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Resources/Collections of Geography Lesson Plans
National Geographic Teaching Resources
Great geography lessons and activities, many of which are constructivist. This site includes all of the previous lessons from Xpeditions. See their lesson plan What Is Geography?

Discovery Education Geography Lesson Plans
Many high-quality lesson plans.


Geography
A large, well organized collection of geography lesson plans and links from my friend Mr. Donn.

Geography at About.com
An excellent resource with weekly articles about geography, annotated links to hundreds of sites for maps and geographical information, an online world atlas, a glossary, weekly quizzes, a forum and chat room for geographical discussion, a free e-mail newsletter, etc.

Geography World  
Another extensive resource.

Lesson Plans from the Illinois Geographic Alliance
Many lesson plans including some about Illinois, but also many on a wide variety of regions and topics.

Geography Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans from Teachers.net.

Cities of Today, Cities of  Tomorrow
Six units on urbanization from the UN CyberSchoolBus.

Geography
Lesson plans from the New York Times Learning Network.

Geography and Maps
Lesson plans from the Library of Congress using primary source materials.

Geographical Association
Resources from "
The leading subject association for all teachers of geography."

Nystromnet.com
Geography lesson plans, games, quizzes, and teaching tips.

MCREL Resources: Lesson Plan Library - Geography
Many lesson plans organized by topics.

World Wise Schools
Global education lesson plans, stories of Peace Corps volunteers, videos, slide shows, posters, and enrichment projects all from the Peace Corps.


USGS Learning Web
Scroll down the page to find lesson plans for working with maps.



The Five Themes of Geography Lesson Plans
The Big Ideas in Geography
An explanation of th five themes from the Kentucky Geographic Alliance.

5 Themes of Geography    
Many lesson plans from my friend Mr. Donn.

Education World's Five Times Five
Five activities for teaching each of geography's five themes.

Five Themes of Geography: A Basis for Understanding Geography
A lesson plan for grades 5 through high school from the Arizona Geographic Society.

Introduction to World Geography
A 7th-grade unit to introduce students to the five themes "as a method for the examination of Earth."

Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport
A 3rd-grade lesson plan examining the five themes of geography.
   
Five Themes of Geography
An explanation and a secondary-level assignment to be given following definitions and examples of the five themes.

Five Themes of Geography
A lesson plan for grades 7-12 from Create for Mississippi.

Geography and Your Dream Job
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 that introduces students to the five themes by demonstrating ways they could use geography knowledge and skills in their "dream jobs."

Teaching the Five Themes of Geography: One Grain of Rice at a Time
A lesson plan for grades 7-12 designed "to help students understand the 5 themes of geography, and apply these concepts to an activity designed to donate rice to an area in the world to help feed the hungry.

Looking at Our Community
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from Learning to Give combining the five themes and philanthropy! See also Looking at Our Community: Lesson 2, Lesson 3, and Lesson 4.

Minnesota Road Trip
An intermediate to middle-grade lesson plan exploring four of the five themes of geography (location, place, movement, and regions) as they relate to Minnesota through the detailed planning of a seven-day trip around the state. Though this lesson plan is specific to Minnesota, the lesson concept could be used for teaching the geography of any state.

Geographic Features/Landforms/Biomes Lesson Plans
Ecosystems-Biomes
Links to information and lesson plans from The Teacher's Corner. Scroll down the page to find the lesson plan links.   


What's It Like Where You Live?
Biomes of the world, freshwater ecosystems, marine ecosystems.

Biomes of the World
Lesson plans from The Wild Classroom.

Biomes/Ecosystems
An Internet-based, cooperative learning lesson plan.

Habitats of the World
An elementary lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Biomes of the World
An Internet-based middle school unit.

Biomes: Land of the Inuit
A computer-based lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Prairies
A 1st or 2nd-grade lesson plan using Peter Murray's book by this title. The lesson is from Opening Doors to Social Studies With Children's Literature. For other lesson plans and resources on prairies, click here.  

Lovely Rivers
A lesson plan for grades 5-9 integrating geography and music.

Oceans
Many lesson plans and resources from my science page.

Desert Lesson Plans
Links to several lesson plans and activities in English and Hebrew! See also Desert Animals and Drylands/Deserts Themes Page.

The Geography of Ascent
An elementary-grade lesson plan in which students
explore what it would be like to climb one of the highest mountains on each continent:. See also Life in the Mountains.

Maps Lesson Plans
Map Skills
Lesson plans and resources from Mr. Donn's pages.

An Introductory Lesson on Maps
A lesson plan for grades 1-2.

Map Drawing Skills
An elementary lesson plan.

Where in the World Are We Vacationing?
A lesson plan for grades 3-8 in which students use longitude and latitude coordinates to locate vacation destinations.

Latitude, Longitude, and Mapmaking
A middle-grade lesson plan from National geographic. See also the four other activities listed on this page.

Where in the World Is . . .?
A middle grade lesson plan from the Peace Corp in which students use
lines of latitude and longitude to locate specific places.

Map Adventures
A Teacher's Guide and 7 lesson plans from the USGS suitable for grades K-3. See also What Do Maps Show?

Exploring Maps
Also from the USGS, this site provides an interdisciplinary set of materials on mapping for grades 7-12.

Geography, Map Skills & the Internet
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

A Place of My Own: A Study of Maps
A 4th-grade unit integrating writing and math with map skills.

Topographic Map Resources for Teachers
Download free digital topographic maps from the USGS. See also 27 Ideas for Teaching With Topographic Maps.

Google Maps
Get directions or see a satellite view.

Altapedia World Maps On Line
Full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.

Quick Maps
Maps and information about any country or region of the world.

National Geographic
Maps and information about magazine and TV features.

Geography WebQuests

Embassy Quest . . . Destination Unknown
For an 8th-grade world geography course.

Traveling Latin America
A 6th-grade WebQuest.

African Geography WebQuest
A WebQuest in which students create a virtual scrapbook to illustrate their learning.

Exploring Southeast Asia
A grade 5 WebQuest.

Travel Canada
A WebQuest for grade five that fits the Saskatchewan social studies curriculum.

European Passport WebQuest
For Grades 6-8.


Atlantis Quest
A high school Webquest on the lost continent of Atlantis.

Across the U.S.A.
A WebQuest for grades 4-9.

Randy's Radical Vacation
A WebQuest on regions of the U.S. for 4th graders.


Oceans Lesson Plans
NOAA Ocean Service Education -  Lesson Plan Library
Many lesson plans for a variety of subject areas. See also
Ocean Explorer.

Ocean Portal - Educators' Corner
Lesson plans and more from the Smithsonian.

Jean-Michael Cousteau Ocean Adventures - For Educators
Lesson plans, games, videos, etc. from PBS.

Sea Education Association
Many lesson plans for a variety of grade levels on oceanography, nautical science, and marine biology.

Over in the Ocean
A mini-lesson for second grade. See also
4 Ocean Song.

Into the Ocean
A K-2 lesson plan.

Using Maps in Ocean Research
A middle school lesson plan from National Geographic. See also The Ocean: Our Global Connector.

An Introduction to the Ocean World
A 4th-grade lesson plan.

Understanding Oceans
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Celebrate the Year of the Ocean
Many lesson ideas from Education World. See also An Ocean of Activities.

The Physical Geography of East Asian Tsunamis
A Web-based lesson plan.

Tsunami Lesson Plans
Links to lesson plans and resources from Teachnology.

Under the Deep Blue Sea
An interdisciplinary K-2 unit

Ocean Unit Study
From Eclectic Homeschool Online.

Continents/The World Lesson Plans
Touring the Seven Continents
A kindergarten unit from Core Knowledge.

Around The World
A lesson plan for grades K-5 from Discovery Education.

Travel the Seven Continents
An activity for grade 3.

The Seven Continents
An elementary lesson plan.   


Comparing the Continents
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from National Geographic.

Continents Game
An activity for grades 4-6.

Build The Continents
A hands-on lesson plan for grades 4-6.

The Continent Game
A lesson plan for grades 5-6 in which students learn to correctly order the continents in terms of area, population, and other characteristics.

Atlantis Quest
A high school Webquest on the lost continent of Atlantis.

The Equator
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

World Fact Book
Resource for information, flags, maps of virtually any country. The index is alphabetical.

The Greatest Places
Explore seven great places (Amazon, Greenland, Iguazu, Madagascar, Namib, Okavango, and Tibet) through maps, pictures, and text.

Lonely Planet: Destinations
Information, maps, slide shows for virtually every country in the world.

Africa: To find posters, videos, books, or online activities to supplement your unit on Africa, go to Social Studies School Service.  

Africa: It's Not a Country
A large collection of elementary lesson plans for teaching about a variety of topics including African geography, culture, folktales, arts, and languages

Fifty-Three Nations of Africa
One elementary lesson plan from the above site.

Lessons from Africa
Teaching resources from Send a Cow Education.

Jambo Means Hello: An Introduction to Swahili
Another elementary lesson from Africa: It's Not a Country.

Peace Corps World Wise Schools - Africa Theme
Lesson plans about Africa and specific African nations. See also A Sense of Water: Water in Africa, or search World Wise Schools lesson plans.

Daily Life in Africa
Many elementary lesson plans.

Discover Africa
A nice collection of lesson plans and resources for a variety of grade levels as well as maps of African countries. Click on Classroom Ideas to access the lesson plans.

Africa: Geography and Culture
One of the categories of lesson plans from Discover Africa, these lesson ideas are designed to help students locate individual countries and their related cultural groups.

Africa: Its People and Places
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Discovery Education. See also Africa: Across the Continent for a K-5 lesson plan.

Sahara Desert
An early elementary lesson plan in which students create and label a watercolor picture of the Sahara Desert.

The Seven Natural Wonders of Africa
Another early elementary lesson plan.

The African Slave Trade
An elementary grade lesson plan.

The Africa Quiz
An online African Geography quiz.




Specific African Countries:

Angola Unit Study Lesson Plan: General Facts
Information and ideas for a lesson plan.


Cameroon Student Activity Book & Teacher Lesson Plans
From St Aiden’s Home school South Africa.

Africa Colors of Destiny
A high school lesson plan about the culture of Chad.

Congo in the Classroom: A Resource for Teachers
Three lesson plans from RAISE Hope for Congo.

Ways to Teach About the Unrest in Egypt
From the NY Times Learning Network. See also Egypt's Uprising, Egypt and Democracy and Breaking News English: Violence Erupts Across Egypt.

Egypt's Pyramids: Monuments with a Message
A lesson plan for grades 3-5. For an elementary lesson plan about Cairo, see The Day of Ahmed's Secret. For lesson plans on ancient Egypt, go to Egyptian Antiquities (grades 6-8) or Ancient History (many lesson plans).

The Achievements and Challenges of Egypt
A unit from
The Odyssey: Teacher Zone.

Cairo: Living Past Living Future
An interactive web unit exploring history, culture, society, geography, and environment of this fascinating city.  See also The Nile for a middle-grade lesson plan.

Material World: How Do American Children Compare To Ethiopian Children?
A lesson plan for the elementary grades.

A Trip to Gambia
A lesson plan for the early elementary grades. See also A Voyage to West Africa: The Gambia.  

Kenya
A 2-week unit for grades 4-5 on the African country of Kenya. See also Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain for an elementary grade lesson plan.

Bringing Water to a Village in Lesotho
A simulation for the middle grades. See also Lesotho.

Little America in Liberia
A high school lesson plan. See also Liberia and the United States: Historic Ties and Policy Decisions and Lesson Ideas for Liberia -  Teacher's Guide.

Libya Lesson Plans
From the Lesson Corner


Breaking News English:
Lesson Plan on Libya Unrest
An ESL/EFL lesson plan. See also NATO Campaign Begins As Unrest Spreads Elsewhere.

The Wilds of Madagascar
Lesson plans from NOVA including Madagascar - The Eighth Continent.

The Achievements and Challenges of Mali
An elaborate web-based unit from
The Odyssey: Teacher Zone.

Navigating the Niger
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from National Geographic.

Nigeria: A Case Study of an African Nation
A unit plan for 3rd-grade gifted and talented students. See also Nigeria Theme Unit.

Rwanda Commemoration Project: Genocide in Our Time
Resources and a lesson plan from the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. See also The Rwanda Crisis 1994.

The Senegalese Miracle
A Peace Corps Volunteer's story of her experiences in Senegal and two related lesson plans for grades 6-12 from the Peace Corps' World Wise Schools.  See also Eating Senegal Style.  

Cuisine and Etiquette in Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from the Peace Corps World Wise Schools.

A Child's Daily Life in South Africa
A lesson plan for the early elementary grades. See also Appreciating Freedom: An End to  Apartheid in South Africa and  South Africa: The Day the Apartheid Ended.  

Grinding Corn in Swaziland
An elementary-grade lesson plan on the African nation of Swaziland.

Journey to a Wildlife Park in Tanzania
A lesson plan for the early elementary grades. See also This is Tanzania and
Day-to-Day Life in a Small African Village.

Physical Geography of Africa South of the Sahara: Tanzania
A Web-based lesson plan.

The Achievements and Challenges of Zimbabwe
Lesson plans and resources for learning about Zimbabwe from The Odyssey: Teacher Zone.  See their Southern Africa - Teachers Guide for additional lesson plans..

Africa: Country-Specific Information
A clickable index of African countries.

Middle East
See also World/Comparative Religions for resources and lesson plans on Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, and go to World Languages for resources and lesson plans on the Arabic language.  

Center for Middle eastern Studies
Many lesson plans listed in alphabetical order.

The Geography of the Middle East
Two high school lesson plans from Teaching the Middle East (University of Chicago).

Middle East and North African Geography
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 from PBS. See also Mapping the Middle East.

Geography of the Modern Middle East and North Africa
A lesson plan from Portland State University based on the Oregon Social Studies Standards. See their other Middle East Teaching Tools.


Middle East: Land of Contrasts
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

The Basics: Understanding the Upheaval in the Middle East
A lesson plan from the NY Times Learning Network.

Unrest in the Middle East
Resources from Scholastic.


Middle East - Teachers Guide
Many lesson plans on a variety of topics from
The Odyssey: Teacher Zone.

Oil and
Water in the Middle East Region
A lesson plan from National Geographic.

Middle East Primer
A lesson plan for ages 10 and up from the World Peace Society.  

Peace in the Middle East
Another lesson plan from
World Peace Society.  

Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Classroom Simulation

A 7th-grade activity.


Middle East WebQuest
See also A Quest for Peace in the Middle East WebQuest.

Exploring the Middle East: Hands-On Approaches
Three lesson plans developed during the 2002 Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.

Jerusalem: History of the Holy Land
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 which explores the importance of Jerusalem to Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Culture Goggles: Same Holy Land, Different Holidays
Students learn how culture and experience influence perceptions of the Holy Land. 

Where in the World Is Israel?
A fifth-grade lesson plan. Downloading this lesson requires SMART Notebook software. See other similar lesson plans.

The U.S Recognition of the State of Israel
Although this excellent  lesson plan using Internet documents deals primarily with history, it is impossible to separate history from the geography of the region. 


Asia
Asia for Educators
An extensive resource from Columbia University with many lesson plans.

East Asia in Geographic Perspective
One resource from the above site that includes 18 lesson plans.

Lesson Plans and Teaching Resources on Southeast Asia
Fourteen lesson plans from Northern Illinois University.

Southeast Asia Unit for Middle School Students
Ten lesson plans from the above site.

What is Southeast Asia?
A high school lesson plan in pdf format, also from NIU. See also Population Density in Southeast Asia.

Mapping Asia and Making Connections
A high school lesson plan from Scholastic.com.

Investigating Central Asia through Maps
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Asia: Tradition and Culture
A middle-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education. See also Asia's Global Influence.

Life on the Rivers of Asia
A primary-grade lesson plan.

Knowledge Master: Asian Geography Quiz
A weekly quiz.


Specific Asian Countries (Organized Alphabetically):
Afghanistan Today: Civil War and Human Rights
A high school lesson plan from PBS. Go to the Afghan Info Center for background information and news on Afghanistan.

Afghanistan Study
An Internet-based assignment for grade 9.

Lesson Plans on Cambodia: Soul Survivors – Stories of Women and Children in Cambodia
Nine lesson plans for grades 8-12 from the
Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University.

China Project
Many lesson plans and materials for grades 6-12.

Lesson Plans on China
Another site with many lesson plans. This one is from NCTA Ohio.


Following the Great Wall
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Edsitement.

China: Thematic Unit Activities
Many activities and worksheets suitable for the elementary grades.

China: People and Places
An elementary-grade lesson plan from Discovery Education.

Building an Empire: Mapping China
A lesson plan from the Asia Society in which s
tudents understand China and its geography by creating travel brochures for China's nine distinct regions.

And Now . . . Taiwan: Teacher Page
Information for a high school unit.

Population Issues in China and India
A high school lesson plan fro National Geographic.   


India/Pakistan: Dispute Over Kashmir
A mini-unit for grades 6-12.

Five Themes of Geography and India
A middle-grade lesson plan.

To What Extent Has Geographic Diversity Contributed to Cultural Diversity?  
A unit complete with printable worksheets that explores how India's geographic diversity has contributed to its cultural diversity.  See Indian Empire Supplementary Materials for other units.

Water: A Key to Understanding India
A lesson plan for grades 9-12.

Contacts and Conquests
A lesson plan on the history and geography of the Indian subcontinent. Though no grade level is specified, the lesson would appear appropriate for the middle grades and up.

Introduction to Southeast Asia - Indonesia
A 6th-grade lesson plan. See also The Physical Geography of Southeast Asia - Indonesia.

Mapping Japan
A lesson plan from Crayola.

The Geography of Japan
A 9th-grade lesson plan in pdf format
. For information on Japanese children, see Kid's Web Japan.

Japanese Culture and Geography
Two high school lesson plans.


Japan: A Country Rich in Culture
An activity from an 8th-grade unit.


Japan: Images of a People
The first lesson in a 3-lesson unit from Smithsonian Education. It focuses on the geographic location and features of Japan.

Lesson Plans on Korea
Many lesson plans including Geography of Korea.

Korea's Geography: How Do you Describe a Nation
One lesson plan from East Asia in Geographic Perspective.

What's Mongolia Really Like?
A lesson plan adaptable to grades 3-8 in which students look at Mongolian culture through the eyes of a Peace Corps volunteer.

The Mongol Empire
A lesson plan, complete with handouts, appropriate for the middle or high school levels, dealing with the geography and people of Mongolia.

Philippine Geography
A lesson plan complete with a quiz. See also Philippines Lesson Plans and To Build an Island.
 
Explore the Essence of Thailand

A virtual field trip.

Turkey Unit
From Outreach World. The unit is in pdf format.. For additional information about Turkey, go to THUS About Turkey.  

Understanding Modern Vietnam through the Five Themes of Geography
A middle school unit complete with worksheets and background information.

Vietnam: A Children's Guide
Information from a  2nd-grade class that has been studying about Vietnam. Click on Teacher Resources for teaching activities, sample student work, and scoring rubrics. See also The Crystal Heart for a for reader's theater activity based on a Vietnamese legend.

Oceania/Pacific Rim
Oceania and the Pacific Rim
Lesson plans from Mr. Donn. See a map of Oceania.

The Geography of Oceania
A 6th-grade lesson plan.

Borneo: Island in the Clouds
Two lesson plans as well as information for teachers. See other Guam lesson plans.

2010 Census Guam
Many lesson plans including Guam     Lesson 2: Where We Live and Mapping Districts. See also Guampedia Lesson plans.

A Polynesian Story
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from National geographic.

Living by the Book
A high school lesson plan from the Peace Corp World Wise Schools about the "cultural complexities of life on a Fijian island."

Window Into a Different Culture
A high school lesson plan from the Peace Corp World Wise Schools about cultural values in Papua New Guinea. See Pacific Islands for more lesson plans from the Peace Corps.


Australia and New Zealand
Australia
A long list of lesson plans and resources from Mr. Donn.

Australian Units
Many units for teaching about Australia.

Lesson Plans for Australian Animals and Biomes
Many activities for grades 4-12.

Great Barrier Reef
A high school lesson plan.

Five-Day Australian Mini-Unit
A grade 4 unit that can be modified for other grade levels. 
For more information on Australian, go to Embassy of Australia.  

Where in the World is Australia
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students locate Australia on a world map and use an outline map of the country to complete a map-skills worksheet. It is one lesson from a unit titled Australia: Lessons about the "Land Down Under."

Australia: The Land Down Under
An upper elementary lesson plan that is not from the above unit.

Australia Day Mini-Unit
A five-lesson unit about Australia Day (January 26).

Traveling Apples
A primary-grade lesson plan on New Zealand. See also the New Zealand Curriculum Online.

New Zealand
An elementary-grade lesson plan. See also Maori Bird Kite and ESL/EFL Lesson on New Zealand's Maori.

European Geography Lesson Plans and Information

Mr. Donn's European Resources and Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans and resources on Europe and European countries. 

Mission Geography: Europe
A middle school lesson plan.

Physical Geography of Europe
Two middle-grade activities from National geographic. See also Mission Geography: Europe.

Geography Action! Mapping Europe
A Toolkit with activities for all grade levels from National Geographic.

Describing Europe the Continent
One more activity for grades K=2 from National Geographic.

City Life in Europe
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

European Geography
A 30-minute high school lesson plan.

EU Lesson Plans and Teaching Material
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.

Europe
A New York Times Learning Network Lesson Plan Unit.

The European Union
A web-based activity. See also Exploring the Objectives of the European Union.

Lesson Plans for AP European History
From AP Central.

Europa: The European Union Online
A good source of information about the EU and its member states.

Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Lesson plans from the Peace Corps.

Backpacking Through Europe: A Unit
A 2nd-grade unit.

Specific European Countries (Organized Alphabetically)
Austria: Meeting the Challenge - Teacher Page
Information for a high school unit on Austria.

International Curiosity and National Pride
A lesson plan for grades 3-8 in which students compare their own culture to Bulgarian culture.

And Now . . . Denmark - Teacher Page
From the same source as the above page.

French Geography Classroom Games
|from Bright Hub.

French Connections
Six activities from EDSITEment.

Paris Scope
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from National Geographic.

City Life in Europe

A middle-grade lesson plan exploring Paris and its landmarks.

Welcome to Germany
An online activity.

Germany: Building the Future - Teacher Page
Resource for a high school unit on Germany.

Berlin: Division and Reunification
A lesson plan for grades 5-12.

About the United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A WebQuest. See also Webquest UK.

Edulinks
This site was developed for teachers in North Yorkshire LEA and includes many links that would be helpful for anyone interested in teaching or learning about Great Britain.

And Now . . . Greece - Teacher Page
Resource for a high school unit on modern Greece.

The Culture of Iceland
A web-based lesson plan.
See also The Energy-Culture Connection: Iceland.

Northern Ireland - A Struggle to Coexist
A three-lesson high school unit.   

Forced to Flee: Famine and Plague
A middle school lesson plan on the Irish potato famine.


Ireland Now
Good source of information. See also Ireland: An Interactive Travel Guide.

Ryan's Daughter
A lesson plan using the movie.

Travel with Us throughout Ireland
A WebQuest. For another, see Ireland WebQuest.

Italy: Life and Culture
A lesson plan for grades 2-4.

Where I Come From
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 examining family traditions and culture in Lithuania.

Norway: Exploring New Horizons
Information and suggested activities for a secondary unit on Norway.

Exploring the Nordic Region: Teacher Page
Extensive information for a high school unit.

Poland
A 3rd-grade thematic unit.

Discovering Portugal
An Internet-based 5th-grade lesson plan.

Just an Ordinary Day
A lesson plan for grade 9-12 examining the culture of Romania.

Face of Russia: Living Under Communism
A high school lesson plan. Scroll to the bottom of the page to access 4 other lessons from the Face of Russia unit.

Geography Lesson Plan: Russia
A 5th-grade lesson plan.

Where, Oh Where Will We Go?
A WebQuest for grades 6-8 in which students plan a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mr. Donn's Russia and Her Neighbors
Many lesson plans and resources.

Spain - The History, Language Expression, Creative Arts, Sports, and Cities
An Internet-based lesson plan for grades 3-5.

SpainQuest.
An "educational adventure."

Sweden Tourism
A secondary Internet-based lesson plan. See also the U.N. for Kids Sweden page.

Switzerland: Scaling the Heights
A teacher page for a unit on Switzerland.

Staring Off the Day (and School Year) in Ukraine
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 comparing the first day of school in the Ukraine to the first day of school in the U.S.


Arctic/Antarctic/Poles
The Arctic Circle
A long list of lesson plans on the Arctic and polar regions from Mr. Donn.

Arctic/Antarctic
Many lesson plans, activities, and worksheets from ProTeacher. 

Arctic Terns from North to South
A K-2 lesson plan from National Geographic's Xpeditions. See also A Vacation to the Polar Regions for another K-2 lesson plan.

What do People Know about the Arctic and Antarctic?
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Xpeditions. See Environmental Issues in the Polar Regions for a grades 9-12 lesson plan from this same source.

Arctic Exploration Lesson Plans
Eight lesson plans for a variety of grade levels from NOAA Ocean Explorer.  See also Expedition to the Poles for a grades 3-5 lesson plan from Xpeditions.

Biomes: Arctic Wild
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education. See also Biomes: Arctic Changes and Antarctica for other middle-grade lesson plans.

When Will the Arctic Ice Cap Disappear?
A lesson plan for grades 11-12.

Arctic Animals
A primary-grade lesson plan from LearnNC. See also An Antarctic Wildlife Adventure for an elementary WebQuest.

Polar Bears
A 1st/2nd-grade lesson plan.

About Arctic Animals
Information and photos from the Arctic Theme Page of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

Live from Antarctica
A virtual field trip and teacher's guides to accompany the programs which air on NASA-TV.


Latin America
Flags of Latin America        
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Reflections in a Latin American Mirror
An extensive unit intended for an integrated, literature based elementary curriculum.

Cruising Latin America
A 6th-grade lesson plan.

Traveling Latin America
A WebQuest for 6th grade. See also Travel to Latin America


Curriculum Units and Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans for all grade levels from the Center for Latin American Studies at Cornell Universit.

Border and Latin American Information
Excellent site for Latin American studies  from the University of New Mexico.

Mexico
Mexico Lesson Plans, Games, and Activities
Links to many lesson plans and units from Mr. Donn.

A Close Look at Mexico
An elementary unit.


Geography of Mexico and Central America
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from the Discovery Channel School.

Mexican Geography
A 5th-grade lesson plan from TeacherLink.

Oaxaca Geography and Climate
A KWL lesson plan from a unit on the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

The United States/Mexico Border

A high school lesson plan from National Geographic.

Crossing the U.S./Mexican Border
A lesson plan from PBS designhed for use with the video Al Otro Lado.

Mexican WebQuest   
See also
Moving to Mexico Webquest

Baja California
Several lesson plans from Quest Connect.

Mexico Online
Directory of information about Mexico.

Mexico Connect
Information about and links to everything Mexican.

Central America
Central America and the Caribbean
Lesson plans and activities from Mr. Donn.

Central America
Lesson plans as well as printable maps and worksheets from ProTeacher.  

Geography of Mexico and Central America
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Discovery Education.

Mapping Central America Geography Lesson Plan
Lesson ideas from Suite 101.

Central America Group Map Project
An activity for the middle grades.

Five Themes of Geography Using Belize
A 7th-grade lesson plan.

Belize: Ethnic Groups and Migration Patterns
A middle or high school lesson plan.

Adventures in Costa Rica
An elementary unit.

The Rain Forest of Costa Rica
A 5th-grade lesson plan.

Physical Geography of Central America: Costa Rica
A Web-based activity from Glencoe World Geography.

Journey to El Salvador
Lesson plans for Pre K and Kindergarten. See also Learning from El Salvador's Past.

The Achievements and Challenges of Guatemala
A unit exploring many aspects of Guatemalan life, history, and culture. though no grade level is specified, the unit seems appropriate for the intermediate grades and up. See also Easter in Guatemala for many other lesson plans.

The True Cost of Coffee
A lesson  plan about growing coffee in Honduras.

A Trip through the Panama Canal
A  lesson plan for grades 6/7. See also The Panama Canal and Panama Canal Museum.

South America
South America
Links to lesson plans and activities from Mr. Donn.

Geography of South America
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from the Discovery Channel School.
See also Tour of South America for a middle school lesson plan from Discovery.

South American Countries
A WebQuest
for grade 5.

Learning About Argentina
Lesson plans and links from Homeschool Creations. See Argentina Home for a map and information.

Dinosaurs in Argentina
Not really that much about geography, but a cool middle grade lesson plan, none the less.

And Now . . . Brazil: Teacher Page
Information for a high school unit.

The Brazil Page
A quiz and a lesson plan. See also Lesson Plan/Brazil Unit.

Regions of Chile Using the Five Themes of Geography
A lesson plan for grades 7-12.

Learning About Chile
Lesson plans and links from Homeschool Creations.

The Andean Countries: Colombia
A lesson plan complete with a student Web activity from Glencoe Online.

Five Themes of Geography and Ecuador
An elaborate unit complete with handouts, worksheets and maps.

Amazon Interactive
Online activities exploring the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Amazon Rainforest Unit
A 10-day 1st-grade unit. See also Amazing Amazon Life.

Amazon Queen Riverboat Adventure
A 4th-grade lesson plan.

Journey Into Amazonia
Teacher resources from PBS.

Perspectives on Paraguay
A high school lesson plan from the Peace Corps that explores cultural differences between Paraguay and the United States.

Peru
Five lesson plans from Quest Connect.  

Peru
 
An Internet-based 7th-grade lesson plan
.

Uruguay Guide
Information and map fro National geographic


History Lesson Venezuela
Not a lesson plan, but rather a fact page with a map and information regarding Venezuela's history, environment, economy, culture, and attractions.

Galapagos: Beyond Darwin
An Internet-based lesson plan for middle-school students. See also Bienvenidos a Galapogos: An Integrated Unit on the Galapagos Islands,   Galapogos International Park Rules, and Galapogos Travel Brochures for other middle-grade lesson plans and units.

Caribbean Nations/Region
Isla
A 2nd-grade unit on the people and cultures of the Caribbean Islands using Arthur Dorros' book by the above title.

Geography of the Caribbean
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from the Discovery Education.

Central America and the Caribbean
Lesson plans and activities.

Life in a Hurricane Zone
A high school lesson plan on the impact of Hurricane Georges on the Dominican Republic.

El Sabor del Caribe (A Taste of the Caribbean)
A unit designed for a high school Spanish class in which students learn about the symbolism of food in the oral and written literature of the Caribbean.

U.S. - Cuba Relations
An Internet-based high school history and geography lesson plan.

The Heritage of Cuba and Puerto Rico
A four-lesson unit.

Puerto Rican Studies for Kids
Information, activities, printables, and quizzes for an elementary unit. See also Geography of Puerto Rico.


Statehood for Puerto Rico? You Decide!
A high school lesson plan. 


Geography, Climate, and Community in the Dominican Republic
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from the Peace Corps' World Wise Schools.

Haiti - One Year Later
A lesson plan from the Pulitzer Center. See also Earthquake in Haiti, Teaching About Haiti and Who Lives in Haiti?

Adventure in the Caribbean: Effects of the Discovery of Haiti- Martinique and Guadeloupe
A unit for grades 7 and 8 focusing on  the islands of Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.


Canada: Lesson Plans and Resources
Government of Canada Official Site
Get information on Canada and the Canadian Government from this official government site.

Atlas of Canada
Maps of everything Canadian. See their Learning Centre.

Canadian Council For Geographic Education: Classroom Activities
Many ideas for classroom activities organized by subject.

The Canadian Social Studies Super Site
This annotated list of web sites for Canadian social studies teachers should also be useful for U.S. teachers and students.

Study Canada Summer Institute Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans organized by topic. See their Basic Geography of Canada Lesson Plan.

Canada
Links to many lesson plans and activities.

Origins of Canada's Geographical Names
A great deal of information that would be useful for lesson planning.

Hands Across the Border
A 3rd-grade unit from Core Knowledge. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view it. See also Canada, A Land Rich in Beauty and Culture for another 3rd-grade unit from Core Knowledge.

Geography of Canada
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Discovery Education.


Travel Canada
A WebQuest for grade five that fits the Saskatchewan social studies curriculum.


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