Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.
Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week. Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders. Geography Awareness Week is supported by access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists, and all geographically minded global citizens.
Here are excellent web resources to promote your geography lessons (click headings for more links):
- 2-minute geology
- Atlas–Barefoot World Atlas is an interactive 3D globe for iPad
- BatchGeo—map locations
- Breathing earth–the environment
- Continents explained (with humor)
- Dig hole through the earth with Google Earth
- forecast weather in any place around the world by typing “forecast for ***”
- Geography Activities—for teachers
- Geography Duel–two players see who knows the most geography trivia (app)
- Geologic movies–great and fun
- Globe of Extremes–extreme location around the globe, like the deepest trench
- Google Earth Timelapse–what changes to the planet over time
- Learn the states
- Ology Sites
- Statetris–like Tetris, but instead of blocks, put the states or countries in their proper position (app)
In the Desert
In the Mountains
In the Prairies
In the Ocean
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.