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Geography/Map Study

Geography Games
Locate different countries in world. There is also a U.S. Geography game to help you learn where the states and their capitals are located.

All About World Geography
       Practice naming different geographic regions at a beginner, intermediate or expert level.

Find the Continents and Oceans
Locate the different continents and oceans of the world.

Continents Hangman Game
Play the Continents Hangman Game. Can you guess the names of all the continents?

Scholastic's Puzzled States
Put the state puzzle together. If you get the state in the right spot on the puzzle, it will give you the name of the state.

State Capital Quiz
Type in the number to match the capital to the state. Then check you answers when you are done.

State Master
       You will find facts about the states and comparisons to other states.

50 States
       This web site gives you information on the history of state as well as current facts.

Ten Question Quiz
Can you get all ten questions right?

Test your Geography Knowledge
Pick a place in the world and test your map skills. How many points can you score?

U.S. State Capitals
There are four games to help you learn the states and capitals-matching, concentration, flash cards, and a word search. Good luck!

Resources for Reports

1. The World Factbook
The World Factbook provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Our Reference tab includes: maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.

2. Background Notes
       Prepared by the regional bureaus of the U.S. Department of State, this site presents factual material about the land, people history, government and economy, in addition to other topics of different countries and regions.

3. Country Reports
       Country presents cultural, historical, and statistical information on many countries. There are also links to cultures and customs, a photo gallery, national symbols such as flags and anthems, and a U.S.A. State information section.

4. PBS Africa Geography, Culture and More!
       "From its diverse eco-systems to its kaleidoscope of cultures, Africa offers a wealth of valuable learning opportunities. AFR Online's Teacher Tools will show you how to make them come alive."

       NationMaster describes itself as "a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook United Nations and World Resources Institute."

Other Social Studies Websites

American Memory from the Library of Congress
       The collection topics include Literature, music, cities and towns, Native American History, maps and many more.

"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity. These materials, from the collections of the Library of Congress and other institutions, chronicle historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America, serving the public as a resource for education and lifelong learning."

American Symbols-Third Grade Social Studies, Fourth Quarter
Read the definition for the symbol, then drag the picture to the top righ-hand side. Click "next" to go on to the next question.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids
       Ben's Guide describes how the U.S. Government works. It is divided into four grade levels.

Compass Rose
Listen to the questions. Think about the answers, then check them at the bottom of the screen.

Explore and More-Culture for Kids
Learn about children who live in other parts of our worls.

Free Ed
This is a clearinghouse developed by government organizations. you can find primary sources on just about any topics. And as the title says, it is FREE!

Global Trek
Choose a place to visit and then "fly away" on the internet. You will find maps and photos about many different countries.

Google Earth
Fly down the streets where your students live. Tour the pyramids. Do all this with Google Earth. There is a tutorial for an introduction.

Map Games from National Geographic
Explore a pyramid, find a sunken ship or travel across the United States.

Michigan State's Exploring Africa
       Please note that this is designed for Middle School and High School students, but it contains a fabulous wealth of information that could be adapted to younger students.
"Exploring Africa!
Introduction to Curriculum Resources
The Exploring Africa! curriculum is divided into Units, Modules, and Learning Activities. Each unit covers a major topic or theme in the study of Africa. Each unit is divided into thematic, disciplinary, regional, or country modules. Each module is comprised of four to eight learning activities. The learning activities in each module vary in length of time needed for completion. Consequently, each module will take between two and five standard 50-minute class periods to complete. Teachers are free to select one or two learning activities from a module or complete all of the learning activities.

Each module plan in our curriculum follows a carefully prepared format. This format has been developed in accordance with standard lesson and module plans in middle and high school social studies. The core of each module are teaching and learning activities that follow the "5 E's" format: Engage, Explore, Explain, Expand, Evaluate. Each module and lesson also includes teacher background notes and guidelines designed to aid teachers in the most effective use of the learning and teaching activities."

National Atlas
       You can find an aerial photo of your neighborhood, a map of your state or city. You can find maps by a feature, such as roads, rivers, or crops.

News City Pizza
Deliver pizza to the addresses using cardinal directions.

Pearson Social Studies
       This is the Pearson Company Social Studies website. It includes current events, a feature on "This Day in History", and an atlas.

Radar's Geography for Kids
Learn about earth and physical science and such topics as the Earth's structure, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydro sphere.

Three Branches of Government
From the Harry S. Truman Library website, there are descriptions of the basic branches of the Government. Check out the jeopardy style quiz game under the link to Puzzles and Games.

Websites for Egypt

Egypt Secrets of an Ancient World: Explore the Pyramids
This is an interactive exploration of the pyramids, produced by National Geographic.

Theban Mapping Project based at the American University Cairo, Egypt.
This is an array of still maps and flash-based movies that show students a comprehensive look at the Valley of the Kings and the surrounding area. Highlights include a zoomable aerial photo of the entire area, narrated visual tours and many technical reports.

The British Museum
The sites has many resources, and activities about ancient Egypt.

Dig: the Archaelogy Magazine for Kids
Search this website for lots of articles on ancient Egypt.

Neferchichi's Tomb
This site includes information on pharaohs, gods, mummies, and hieroglyphics as well as four mad-libs.

Nova Online Adventure: Pyramids
Take a virtual tour of the Great Pyramid of Khufu and make a scale model of Khufu.

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