10th Grade – Social Studies / Government

For additional resources on China, Germany, Greece, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, Spanish-speaking countries, and Sweden, go to the World Languages Page.

Resources/Collections of Geography Lesson Plans
World 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. See also What is Geography? for a definition and other information.

Xpeditions
From the National Geographic Society, this site features an interactive geography museum with exhibits keyed to the National Geography Standards, a collection of standards-based lesson plans, special interactive Family Xpeditions, links to outstanding geography sites, resources for teachers and parents, and a global atlas of outline maps specially designed for print out.

Geography from the Educator’s Reference Desk
Formerly Ask Eric, this site offers a long alphabetical list of lesson plans for all grade levels.

Teaching Ideas for Geography
K-5 lesson plans. Also, take a look at Geography Educators Network of Indiana Web Project, a very good resource that includes a section titled, “What is Geography,” an annotated list of geography links, and Internet-based geography lessons.

National Geographic Geography Lessons and Ideas
Great geography lessons organized by grade level. Many are constructivist.

Geography Lesson Plans
About 40 lesson plans from the Department of Geography, University of North Alabama.

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

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

Geo-Images Project
An excellent resource for finding images on the Internet (mostly photographs) that are useful in teaching geography

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.

Geography and Economics Lesson Plans for Children’s Books
Thirty-two lesson plans for grades one to five.

USGS Learning Web
Scroll down the page to find lesson plans for working with maps. There are sets of lesson plans for grades K-2, 5-8. and 7-12.

The Five Themes of Geography Lesson Plans
The Five Themes of Geography
A concise description of the five themes. Click here for a similar page.

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

Five Themes of Geography
A middle-school lesson plan.

The Five Themes of Geography
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 in which students review of the five fundamental themes of geography.

Five Themes of Geography and Current Events
A lesson plan for grades 4-12.

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

National Geographic – Five Themes of Geography
Explanations and activities for teaching the five themes.

Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport
A 3rd-grade lesson plan examining the five themes of geography.

Exploring the Five Themes of Geography with Lewis and Clark
Many ideas and resources related to the geography of Lewis and Clark.

Five Themes of Geography and Current Events
An ongoing activity adaptable to grades 4-12.

Five Themes of Geography Assignment
A secondary-level assignment to be given following definitions and examples of the five themes.

Geography and Your Dream Job
A lesson plan for grades 6-7 that introduces students to the five themes by demonstrating ways they could use geography knowledge and skills in their “dream jobs.”

Five Themes of Geography: Mr. Help
A 6th-grade lesson plan.

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: Earth Day.

New Hampshire and the Five Themes
A middle or high school lesson plan in pdf format.  Teachers from other states could, perhaps, use this lesson as a model for teaching about the five themes as they relate to their states.

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.   

Nearctica Biomes/Habitats/Ecoregions
Information about and links to many pages dealing with biomes, habitats, and ecoregions.

Biomes of the World Lesson Plans and HyperStudio Stacks
A unit for grade 5.

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

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 School.com.

Oceans Biome
In this lesson plan for grades 3-6 students learn how oceans affect people who live by them or travel on them.

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.

Deserts
A 6th-grade unit with nine lesson plans. See also Desert Animals and Drylands/Deserts Themes Page.

Desert Lesson Plans
Links to several lesson plans and activities in English and Hebrew!

Mountain Lesson Plan
A 3rd to 6th-grade lesson plan about mountains. See also Living in the Mountains and Biome: 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.

You Can find It
A lesson plan for grades 3-12 on longitude and latitude.

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 and Longitude
A high school lesson plan which provides an ” introduction to coordinates on a sphere: how latitude and longitude define locations on Earth; and similarly, how declination and right ascension define locations on the celestial sphere.”

Map Adventures
A Teacher’s Guide and 7 lesson plans from the USGS suitable for grades K-3.

What Do Maps Show?
A middle-grade packet from the USGS consisting of a Teacher’s Guide and 4 lesson plans.

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

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

Where Am I? Navigating Around the World
A 3rd-grade unit on the use of maps.

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

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
Where in the World?
An elementary-grade WebQuest in which students create a postcard regarding a world region they have chosen.

Map Explorers
A WebQuest for elementary students.

Grade Eight WebQuest

Students develop a promotional package for a learning vacation.

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

Latin America WebQuest
Part of a unit for grade 6.

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

Travel Canada
A WebQuest for grade five that fits the Saskatchewan social studies curriculum. See also Geography of Western Canada WebQuest.

Bosnia and the Former Yugoslavia
A webquest incorporating the five themes of geography.

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

Maryland Geography WebQuest
For grade 4.

WebQuest Locator: Geography
Links to several WebQuests.

Oceans Lesson Plans
Oceans All Over
A hands-on elementary lesson plan in which students learn the names and locations of the world’s oceans. See also 4 Ocean Song.

Using Maps in Ocean Research
A middle school lesson plan from National Geographic’s Xpeditions.

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

Oceans Unit
Lesson plans and assessments for an 18-day intermediate-grade unit.

Oceans Biome
In this lesson plan for grades 3-6 students learn how oceans affect people who live by them or travel on them.

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

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

Oceans of Possibility
An interdisciplinary high school unit in which students explore the ocean’s physical features, resources, and ecology.

Ocean Explorer
Many lesson plans about oceans from the NOAA, though most seem more related to science than geography.

Continents/The World Lesson Plans
Getting to Know the Seven Continents
An inquiry-based lesson plan for grades K-2.

Creating the Continents
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.

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 show 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

Are There Really Fifty-Three Nations Within Africa?
One elementary lesson plan from the above site.

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

Peace Corps World Wise Schools – Africa Lesson Plans
Many lesson plans about Africa and specific African nations.

Daily Life in Africa
Many elementary lesson plans.

Africa: One Continent, Many Worlds
A nice collection of lesson plans and resources for a variety of grade levels as well as maps of African countries.

Africa: Geography and Culture
One of the categories of lesson plans from Africa: One Continent Many Cultures, these lesson ideas are designed to help students locate individual countries and their related cultural groups. See also Africa: Country-Specific Information, a clickable index of African countries.

Countries and Issues in Africa
An intermediate-grade lesson plan in which students learn about Africa’s geography and challenges through puzzles.

African Art and Culture
A K-4 unit designed to familiarize students with Africa, its art, and its culture. The unit also integrates math, primarily through patterning and symmetry, and the language arts.

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.

African Geography
A high school lesson plan in which students identify the major geographic characteristics of Africa and predict their impact on trade and travel.

The African Slave Trade
An elementary grade lesson plan.

The Africa Quiz
An online African Geography quiz.
Specific African Countries:
Scenes from Cameroon
A lesson plan on the geography of Cameroon for students in grades 3-8.
A Geography Lesson on Egypt
Five 4th-grade lesson plans that use the Internet. 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.

Communities Around the World: Virtual Ghana
A 3rd-grade lesson plan in which students use the Internet to learn about Ghana.

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 from a unit titled Water in Africa. See also Lesotho.

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

Genocide In Rwanda
A high school lesson plan.

The Senegalese Miracle
A Peace Corps Volunteer’s story 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.

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.

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.

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

Geography of the Middle East
A lesson plan for grades 10-12.

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

Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Classroom Simulation
An excellent 7th-grade activity.

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

Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Classroom Simulation
An excellent 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.

Holy Land. A Troubled Land: Can There Be Peace?
Though this 10th-grade lesson plan mostly examines the history of Middle Eastern conflicts, it could be very useful in a thematic unit.

Jerusalem
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 which explores the importance of Jerusalem to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. See also A Trip to Jerusalem WebQuest.

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

The Middle East
Lesson plans from the New York Times Learning Network unit for middle school and high school students focusing on recent events.

Middle East: Water and Life
An interdisciplinary 10th-grade lesson plan.

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.  See also Teaching Israel Resources.

Peace in the Middle East
Another lesson plan that emphasizes the history of the Middle East.

Asia
Asia for Educators
An extensive resource from Columbia University with teaching units on China and Japan.

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

Eastern Hemisphere Countries
A large selection of K-12 lesson plans and activities  from Mr. Donn’s pages.

Geography of Southeast Asia
A high school lesson plan.

Ask Asia
Excellent site with resources and lesson plans for teaching about Asia. To access lesson plans, click on “Teachers.”

Teaching about East Asia
Resources for secondary teachers from Duke University.

Knowledge Quest: Asian Geography Quiz
A weekly quiz.

East and Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources

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: Land in Crisis
Four lesson plans (one for each level: primary, intermediate, middle, and secondary) and a downloadable map of Afghanistan from National Geographic.

Afghanistan Study
An Internet-based assignment for grade 9.

China: An Ancient Country in a Modern World
A “lesson planning article” from Education World that provides many suggested teaching activities appropriate for a variety of grade levels.

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

China
An extensive unit for grades 2-6 organized on the basis of the book titled, Life in Changing China by Trudie BonBernard, and covering information about China ranging from geography to festivals.

How Many Chinese Are There?
A lesson plan for grades 6-10 in which students compare and contrast the land areas and populations of the United States and China.

Mapping Perceptions of China
A lesson plan from AskAsia.org.

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

Hong Kong Betrayed?
Activities and discussion questions related to the transfer of Hong Kong from British control to The Peoples Republic of China.

India
Links to many lesson plans from Mr. Donn.

India’s Diversity
A unit complete with printable worksheets that explores how India’s geographic diversity has contributed to its cultural diversity. Click here for other activities, worksheets, and other instructional materials pertaining to India.

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.

Money in Indonesia
A lesson plan for the upper elementary grades. Go to the Catholic Relief Services Lesson Plans Page to find similar lessons for middle and high school students.

Indonesia: Thematic Worksheets
Worksheets and lesson ideas suitable for the elementary grades.

Center for Japanese Studies
Teacher resources from the University of Michigan. For an excellent source of information on Japan, go to JAPAN – A Country Study.

Feudal Japan and the Geography of Japan
A 5th-grade unit from Core Knowledge.  For information on Japanese children, see Kid’s Web Japan.

The Geography and Contemporary Culture of Japan
A 2nd-grade lesson plan in pdf format.

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

The Geography of Japan
An Internet-based lesson plan for grade 9.

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.

Japan Lesson Plans and Activities
From my friend Mr. Donn.

Korea
A multidisciplinary unit on Korean geography and culture. See also Korean Geography for a lesson plan from AskAsia.org.

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.

Village Children in Northern Pakistan
Elementary lesson plans exploring the physical landscape, climate, and people of Northern Pakistan.

The Geography of the Philippines
A high school lesson plan complete with a quiz.  See also Human Rights in the Philippines and Rice in the Philippines for two additional lesson plans.

Law in Southeast Asia: Singapore Law
A high school lesson plan.

Rice from Thailand
A 1st-grade lesson plan designed to help students learn about Thailand through the exploration of rice. See also Takraw for information about the national game of Thailand, which is similar to hackeysack, and for a virtual field trip, see Explore the Essence of Thailand.

Teaching Tools for the Study of Tibet
Curricular ideas, questions, a glossary, and timeline of Tibetan history from Global Source Education. See also Getting in the Picture: Tibetan Youth Immigrants in India.

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

Earthquake in Turkey
A lesson plan using constructivism. Scroll past the Constructivist Lesson Plan Guide to find this lesson.

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:: Pacific Palaces
A 5th-grade lesson plan.  Click here for a map of Oceania.

Canada and Its Pacific Neighbours
Units for grade 7 from  Saskatchewan Education’s Evergreen Curriculum.

Guam: Where America’s Day Begins
From ThinkQuest.

Indonesia: Thematic Worksheets
Worksheets and lesson ideas suitable for the elementary grades.

Australia and New Zealand
Australia and New Zealand
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.

Five-Day Australian Mini-Unit
A grade 4 unit that can be modified for other grade levels.  For more information on Australian geography and other topics, go to About 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.

Australia: The Land Down Under
A middle-grade lesson plan.

Australia Day
A lesson plan for students with disabilities about Australia Day (January 26). See Lesson Plan Level II for another similar lesson.

Traveling Apples
A primary-grade lesson plan on New Zealand. See also Famous New Zealanders.   

The Great New Zealand Scavenger Hunt
Questions and answers about New Zealand. See also Exploring New Zealand and New Zealand Information.

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

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

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

European Study Tour Lessons
Many lesson plans for a variety of grade levels.

Comparing Temperatures: The Midwest and Europe
A high school lesson plan from the above site.

OSAE Can You See Where Europe’s Largest Cities Are Located?
One more secondary lesson plan from the above site.

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

Mission Geography: Europe
A middle school less

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

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

My Trip to France
A Webquest for high school students. See also Allons en France.

Weather in France
A lesson plan for French I.

French Castles on the Loire River
An Internet-based lesson plan.

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.

English Holiday WebQuest
See also Webquest UK.

A Multiage Unit on the United Kingdom (Great Britain)
A 6-week multidisciplinary unit for the elementary grades complete with worksheets.

Educating Yourself About Great Britain
A 4th or 5th-grade lesson plan using the Internet.

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. For many lesson plans on Ancient Greece, go to Ancient History Lesson Plans.

The Culture of Iceland
A web-based lesson plan.

Forced to Flee: Famine and Plague
A middle school lesson plan on the Irish potato famine. See also Reasons for Irish Immigration: Potato Famine.

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

Ryan’s Daughter
A lesson plan using the movie.

Ireland WebQuest
For another WebQuest, see Ireland.

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

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.

Explorers from Norway
A 5th-grade lesson plan.

Poland
A 3rd-grade thematic unit.

Polish World
A good source for information about Poland.

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

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 Former Soviet Union/Russia Page
Many lesson plans and resources.

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

Deportes en Espana (Sports in Spain)
A 9th-grade lesson plan intended for a Spanish I class, but adaptable to other situations. See also SpainQuest.

Sweden Tourism
A secondary Internet-based lesson plan.

Sweden
Geography, people, government, etc.

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

Arctic/Antarctic/Poles
The Poles
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.

Polar Ice Caps
A 10th-grade unit.

Arctic Adventure
An elementary WebQuest. See also An Antarctic Wildlife Adventure for another elementary WebQuest.

Arctic Animals
A primary-grade lesson plan from LearnNC.

Polar Bears
A 1st-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.

Polar Web
A guide to Internet resources dealing with the lands and waters surrounding the North Pole and the South Pole, and with other cold regions of the Earth.

Latin America
RETANET: Resources for Teaching about the Americas
A huge collection of lesson plans dealing with Latin America, Mexico, and Caribbean nations, people, and issues.

Latin American Geography
A 6th or 7th-grade lesson plan from the above collection.

Geographic Study of Herbs throughout Latin America
One more lesson plan from RETANET. This one is for grades 7-12.

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.

Latin America
A webQuest for grade 6. See also Travel to Latin America .

Adanzas al Web Latino
Excellent site for Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico.

Mexico
Mexico Lesson Plans
Links to many lesson plans and units from Mr. Donn. See also Mexico for Kids.

A Close Look at Mexico
An elementary unit.

Learning About Mexico and Making Salt Dough Human Puppets in the Classroom
A lesson plan for grades 6-8..

Mexico: Language and Literature
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.

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.

Why Is There Pollution in Mexico City?
An interdisciplinary high school lesson plan from RETANET.

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

Chiapas: Where Is It and Why Should We Care? And What is the EZLN?
A lesson plan for grades 11-12 examining the Mexican state of Chiapas and the rise of the Zapatista National Liberation Army.

Mexican People: Are They As They Seem?
A high school unit.

Mapping the Border
One of 20 secondary lesson plans about the U.S, Mexican border from the Border Studies Curriculum.

Mexican Food

A 5th-grade lesson plan.

Mexican WebQuest
See also Mexican Culture WebQuest.

Baja California
Several lesson plans from Quest Connect.

Mexico On-Line
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 the Discovery Channel School.

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

Adventures in Costa Rica
An elementary unit. See also Costa Rica Lessons.

Costa Rica: Save the Rain Forest!
An Internet-based high school lesson plan.

El Salvador: Lesson Plans
Links to many lesson plans and resources from the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University.

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.

Panama Canal
A discussion-based lesson plan on the Panama Canal suitable for the middle-grades.

A Tour of Central America
A WebQuest for the 5th grade. See also Mission Impossible 3 in Central America for another WebQuest.

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

Travel Destinations: South America
Country-by-country links with maps and slide shows. You’ll have to click on the scroll-down menu to find the information on South America.

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.

Argentina: Lesson Plans
Links to many lesson plans and resources from the Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University. See also Argentina’s Flag Quiz/Printout.

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

A Broad Study of Brazil
A lesson plan for grade 6.

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

Destino Chile: A Curriculum Guide
Lesson plans and resources for teaching about Chile.

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

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

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

Food and Water in Peru
A lesson plan from Catholic Relief Services.

Peru
Five lesson plans from Quest Connect.  See also eThemes Country: Peru.

Anticipating Peru
A detailed lesson plan for grades 6/7. See also Peru  for an Internet-based 7th-grade lesson plan .

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, Galapagos Rift Lesson Plans, 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 Channel School.

Central America and the Caribbean
Lesson plans and activities.

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. See also Take  trip to Cuba (a WebQuest).

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 A Trip to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico
An Internet based lesson plan on Puerto Rico for grades 7-12.

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

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.

Africans in Haiti, Jamaica, and Brazil
A high school lesson plan.

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

Canada: Learning Resources by Subject: Geography
Many lesson plans, articles, and data resources from Statistics Canada.

Atlas of Canada – Lesson Plans
Many more lesson plans using resources freely available online from the Atlas of Canada.  See also Atlas of Canada Lesson Plans by Province/Territory and Specific Grade Level.

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 Cx`anadian social studies teachers should also be useful for U.S. teachers and students.

Canada
Links to many lesson plans and activities. See also Social Studies Lesson Plans for many more lesson plans about Canada.

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.

Canada on Postcards
A lesson plan for grades 3-4.

Geography of Canada
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from the Discovery Channel School.

Canadian, Eh?
An Internet-based activity for grade 6.

Canada: Location and Physical Features
A grade 5 geography curriculum from Saskatchewan Education.

Canada’s Major Cities
A lesson plan in which groups of students learn about and share information on Canadian cities.

The Maple Leaf
A lesson plan in which students learn that  the maple leaf is a Canadian symbol that represents many aspects of Canada.

Travel Canada
A WebQuest for grade five that fits the Saskatchewan social studies curriculum. See also Geography of Western Canada WebQuest.
US Geography
U.S. Census in the Schools
From the U.S. Census Bureau, this site offers information and teaching materials for all grade levels.

Fifty States
From ProTeacher, this site offers resources and lesson plans for teaching about the 50 states. Click on Lessons by State to access information for teaching about a specific state. See also United States Geography for a long list of resources and links from Geography World.

The States and Their Capitals
An intermediate-grade lesson plan. See also 50 States and Their Capitals for all 50 states and their capitals, flags, maps, etc.  For information about and large pictures of each state’s flag, see allstates-flag.com. Click on State Flags in the menu.

State Reports
A 5th-grade lesson plan that offers some ideas for this widely-used activity. For more information on each state, go to Stately Knowledge from The Internet Public Library and Explore the States from America’s Library.

Traveling the US
An lesson plan for 8th grade requiring students to use the Internet to research a state as a possible vacation spot. See also U.S. Geography from Fact Monster for a searchable source of information on U. S. geography.

US States and Regions
Lesson plans for teaching all 50 states! From Mr. Donn.

U.S Geography: Midwest
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 from Discovery. See their other lesson plans for the Northeast, South, and West.

Mini-Study of a State
A lesson plan for grades 4-7 in which students compare their state to another.

State Geography
A middle-grade lesson plan in which students learn about the different regions of a particular state.

City Life and Country Life
A 3rd or 4th-grade lesson plan using the KWL method to help students learn about differences between city and country life.

Great Lakes for Kids
Lesson plans for grades 4-8. For more information on the Great Lakes, go to The Great Lakes Information Network or The Great Lakes: An Environmental Atlas and Resource Book.

Paddle to the Sea
An activity from the Gulf of Maine Aquarium using the book Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling. Among other things, it examines the effect of the Great Lakes on local weather patterns and compares water surface areas of the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Maine.

Lighthouses on Lake Michigan
A lesson plan for grades 5-6. For an incredible amount of information on lighthouses, go to Lighthouse Gateway.

Mapping the Watershed
A lesson plan on the Lake Superior Watershed. If you are doing an integrated unit on Lake Superior, take a look at Fish of the Great lakes, Minnesota’s Historic Shipwrecks, Lights of Lake Superior, and the Great Lakes Information Network.

Mississippi River
A lesson plan for grades 2 to 4 on the importance of the Mississippi novel. For background information about the Mississippi River, go to Oldman River.com or the Mississippi Headwaters Board.

Mississippi River
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from the DiscoverySchool.com.

Rivers of Destiny
A lesson plan for grades 5-8 examining and comparing the Mississippi, Mekong, and Amazon Rivers.

Alaska and the Yukon Lesson Plans
Links to many lesson plans and resources. See also Explore Alaska for three scavenger hunts of Education World.

Alaska Map Quiz
From ProTeacher. See also Arctic Animals of Alaska.

Teaching from Objects and Stories: Learning about the Bering Sea Eskimo People
Three lesson plans from the Smithsonian Institute.

LearnCalifornia.org – Teacher Lesson Plans
Several lesson plans about California including one titled California Regions.

Forty Ways to Teach the 50th State
All sorts of lesson ideas from Education World.

Immigration to Hawaii
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 integrating geographic themes with why different groups came to Hawaii.

Hawaii Guide
Information about Hawaii.

Michigan Road Trip
A middle-grade lesson plan in which students use map skills to gain basic knowledge of the borders and cities of Michigan.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Road Map
A 4th-grade unit.

Michigan: The License Plate Project
Middle school internet-based activities.

Living in Minnesota!
A hypertext essay written for students who are doing state reports on Minnesota.

Tracking the T-Wolves
An ongoing intermediate-grade activity designed to take advantage of students’ interest in professional sports to help them learn about the first of the five themes of geography: location, particularly the location of U.S. and Canadian cities having NBA teams. Though this activity is designed for Minnesota students and follows the travels of the Minnesota Timberwolves (the state’s NBA franchise), it could easily be modified for other states or cities with professional sports teams.

Minnesota Floor Map
A middle-grade geography lesson in which students use materials and space provided to design a floor map of the State of Minnesota. See also Minnesota Map/Quiz for a printable version of a basic Minnesota geography quiz using a completion format and Minnesota Word Search for a word search puzzle on Minnesota cities and towns.

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.

State Unit Study – Minnesota
Designed for homeschoolers, this site from About.com provides an interactive unit complete with printable maps and worksheets. See also Minnesota – North Star, the state of Minnesota’s home page. For lesson plans on other states, go to Lessons by State.

Nevada Map Quiz
From Enchanted Learning. See also Hoover Dam Teacher/Student Learning Packet and Native Nevada Classroom.

Tortoise Terrain
A 6th-grade lesson plan in which students learn about the biodiversity of the Mohave Desert.

The Old Mormon Fort: Birthplace of Las Vegas, Nevada
A lesson plan from Teaching with Historic Places.

North Dakota
Lesson plans, worksheets, and quizzes from ProTeacher.

Flags Over Mississippi
A lesson plan examining why Mississippi has had two official state flags.

The Virtual Tour of Washington, DC
An interactive tour of our nation’s capital.

Wisconsin
Lesson plans, worksheets, maps, and a wordsearch from ProTeacher.

Chamber of Commerce Directory
Find information about any city.
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