Top General Geography Web Sites

  • NatGeoEducation- Home to thousands of ideas, lesson plans, maps, tools, and interactive adventures that bring geography to life. A real top quality geography lesson bank.
  • C.I.A. World Fact Book - Ac curate and updated Information on ANY country, maps, and more.
    United Nations: CyberSchool Bus - The purpose of this web site is to promote education about international issues and the United Nations. It has high quality teaching materials and activities. The "InfoNation" and "Country at a Glance" features are terrific. 
  • U.S. Department of State Country Background Information - Provides factual information on the world's independent states, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. 
  • Smithsonian Education-Geographic Resources - Explore these rich online resources created by Smithsonian experts for learning more about our world. Just select a continent on the world map and start exploring! 
  • Blank Outline Maps - Contains blank and outline maps of states, countries, continents. Maps are printable to allow students to label or color. A negative: the page is cluttered with a lot of advertisements.
  • MyWonderfulWorld.org - A coalition led by the National Geographic is taking action to inspire parents and educators to expand geographic learning in school, at home and in the community by creating My Wonderful World. It promotes the need for geographic literacy among parents, educators and the community.
  • Free Online Geography Games for Students
  • EniGeo - EniGeo is a great way to learn countries, capitals and flags around the world in a fun way. You can either answer questions about the countries in a highly customizable quiz or you can just explore the world and learn about different countries. 
  • National Atlas.Gov - A mind-boggling assortment of printable maps from the US Government. 
  • National Council for Geographic Education - Lots of links, activities, standards, publications available.
  • World Mapper - WorldMapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest. There are now nearly 700 maps. We recently added a new series of maps of the world's population using a new mapping technique.
  • The Michigan Geographic Alliance - MGA is THE source for geography education in Michigan!

Grade 6: Western Hemisphere Web Sites

These web sites focus on the geography, history, and cultures of the Western Hemisphere.

  • World History for Us All - This model World History curriculum is excellent and the standards located on this site will play an important role in guiding MDE's work in formulating Michigan's standards. This is a web site to check out and bookmark!
  • Smithsonian Education-Geographic Resources - Explore these rich online resources created by Smithsonian experts for learning more about our world. Just select a continent on the world map and start exploring! 
  • Latin America Resources from MSU - Latin America School and Educational Resource provides online resources for teaching about Latin America. Included are country fact sheets, background information, lessons and modules by teachers, images and links to quality websites related to Latin America. LASER provides a searchable database of resources that are organized thematically, by grade level and subject area. By the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Michigan State University. 
  • Aztec, Inca, Maya Web Sites & Lesson Plans - There are a lot of terrific sites and activities to choose from. 
  • Timelines - Choose people, history, or events and students can see what happened simultaneously in Latin America, Japan, Europe, Greece, Egypt, Rome, India, China, Oceania, North America, Russia. Great for discussions on the causes of the rise and falls of civilizations. 
  • MSU Global Access - Contains the latest links on: Information on world regions and countries, International news and news, sources, Regional and Country maps, Internationally involved organizations, and Travel information. 
  • Portals to the World - Portals to the World contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria. 
  • Geo Challenge Game: Identify these Countries! - This game challenges students to identify countries while working against the clock! Countries are randomly named and students must identify all of them in 120 seconds. The games are organized at a global level or by specific continents. A new quiz is generated each time so students can play again and again. 
  • The David Rumsey Map Collection at Stanford - The historical map collection has over 22,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. 
  • PBS: Lost Kingdom of the Maya - Welcome to the companion Web site to the PBS series. The film follows the work of archeologists who are using new excavations and hieroglyphic translations to interpret the early history of Copán, a Classic Maya site in northern Honduras. 
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art and Social Studies lessons for grades K-12 were created by local teachers to provide educators, parents, and students with teaching resources. The lessons can be used in whole, in parts, or as a source of inspiration. All lessons align with the Michigan Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks.

Grade 7: Eastern Hemisphere Web Sites

These web sites focus on the geography, history, and cultures of the Eastern Hemisphere.

  • World History for Us All - This model World History curriculum is excellent and the standards located on this site will play an important role in guiding MDE's work in formulating Michigan's standards. This is a web site to check out and bookmark!
  • Timelines - Choose people, history, or events and students can see what happened simultaneously in Latin America, Japan, Europe, Greece, Egypt, Rome, India, China, Oceania, North America, Russia. Great for discussions on the causes of the rise and falls of civilizations. 
  • Timelines - Choose people, history, or events and students can see what happened simultaneously in Latin America, Japan, Europe, Greece, Egypt, Rome, India, China, Oceania, North America, Russia. Great for discussions on the causes of the rise and falls of civilizations.
  • Geo Challenge Game: Identify these Countries! - This game challenges students to identify countries while working against the clock! Countries are randomly named and students must identify all of them in 120 seconds. The games are organized at a global level or by specific continents. A new quiz is generated each time so students can play again and again. 
  • Egyptian, Indian, Greek & Roman Web Sites - These are located online in a publication from the Social Studies School service in Califonia. You have to scroll down a bit to find what you want. There is quite a bit! 
  • Exploring Africa - 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. Each module will take between two and five standard 50-minute class periods to complete. Teachers are free to select learning activities from a module or to complete all of the learning activities. 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. 
  • Windows on Asia - This site features: Country fact Sheets, Essays on history, culture, geography, and religion, Teaching modiles, Links to Asian newspapers, Links to quality Asia-related websites. 
  • Time Machine - It's a time machine. Click on this link and you can travel to pages with maps and short histories of each geographical region of the world. You can click on as little as 40 years ago or as long as 10,000 years ago. 
  • Detroit Institute of Arts - Art and Social Studies lessons for grades K-12 were created by local teachers to provide educators, parents, and students with teaching resources. The lessons can be used in whole, in parts, or as a source of inspiration. All lessons align with the Michigan Curriculum Standards and Benchmarks. 
  • Smithsonian Education-Geographic Resources - Explore these rich online resources created by Smithsonian experts for learning more about our world. Just select a continent on the world map and start exploring! 
  • Portals to the World - Portals to the World contains selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria.

Teacher Created Lesson Plans

Submitted by Melissa Pawlak, Lincoln Park Middle School, Lincoln Park, Michigan. Contact David Hales at halesd@resa.net  if you have additions you would like to make.