#45: How to Use MS Word to Teach Geography

Time: About 30 minutes


  • Open MS Word.
  • Add a title–Where We Are (or your choice)–centered, bold and font 14. Use this to teach students about the tool bar’s alignment tools, bold, fonts and font size
  • Insert a graphic organizer (insert-diagram or one you have pushed out to students). Have this as part of a series of lessons that use graphic organizers and never use the same one. Give students a chance to become comfortable with the variety available.
  • Add enough layers to give ten (unless you aren’t going to use that many location layers). Have students use math skills to decide how many more they need.
  • Make font size 10 and use abbreviations to fill in names. Discuss the abbreviations.
  • Use the tool bar to re-color the diagram.
  • 3rd grade: Add one sentence at the bottom about each location. Be concise and factual.
  • 4-5th grade: Create a table using MS Word.

from the Structured Learning Technology series for K-5

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