Category: Geography

Weekend Website #68: Live Like Bear Grylls

tornado and cityscape

Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.






If you want to spice up a unit on landforms, have students look into surviving these unique natural habitats. To get out with their lives, they’ll have to understand the flora and fauna, dangers and helpers. Here are some websites they can visit to improve their survival toolkit:



#39: Google Earth Board

Students select from a list of Wonders of the World (or locations put together in conjunction with the classroom teacher). They do brief research on it, locate it using Google Earth and make a short presentation to the class about it.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

20 Websites to Learn Everything About Landforms

If your third grader has to write a report about landforms, try these websites (check here for updates to list):landform research for 3rd graders

  1. About Rivers
  2. Biomes/Habitats
  3. Deserts
  4. Explore the Colorado
  5. Geography Activities—for teachers
  6. Geography Game—Geospy games
  7. Geography Quiz Game game
  8. Geography Reading Problems
  9. GeoNet Game
  10. Labeling Maps
  11. Landforms make a greeting
  12. Landforms
  13. Landforms—matching games, etc.
  14. Los Angeles River Tour
  15. Map skills spells out words
  16. Mapping Game
  17. Rivers Seen from Space
  18. The Colorado River
  19. What’s on a Map
  20. Zambezi River Tour



#45: How to Use MS Word to Teach Geography

Where Am I?

Use MS Word target diagram to organize the Universe. Start with the student’s town in the center and build out. Show students how to color the diagram. For olders, add a table at the bottom with the location and a fact about it. This is a great way to show kids how they can organize their thoughts with pictures, diagrams, tables—lots of ways other than simple text

[caption id="attachment_929" align="alignleft" width="182"]Sample diagram Sample diagram[/caption]

Grade Level: 3-5

Background: Using MS Word.

Vocabulary: diagram, graphic organizer, solar system

Time: About 30 minutes


  • Open MS Word. Add a heading to the top.
  • Add a title–Where We Are–centered, bold and font 14. Use this to point out the toolbar with the four alignment tools, bold, fonts and font size (more…)