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Geography Resources

If you really want your kids to know and understand world geography, you'll save enough money to buy a Volkswagen bus and travel the habited continents, filling countless notebooks with observations and facts. Unfortunately, most of us aren't that financially independent (or flat-out hardcore), but that doesn't mean our kids can't have a good geography education.

Probably the best place to start is with an organized curriculum, but even the most comprehensive program will leave holes, and none of them are able to know and cater to your childrens' specific interests. Even a specific course on Africa won't necessarily spend as much time as you or your kids would like on African river tribes, the Rwenzori Mountains, or the number of non-indigenous peoples incities like Tripoli and Johannesburg.

Which is exactly why geography resources exist. Some of them are probably sufficient to teach geography by themselves, but most of them are simply tools to fill out and enhance a more broad study. The best ones are fairly specific in content, though a lot of the reference books we carry cover large regions (including continents) and offer information you aren't likely to encounter elsewhere.

You don't have to actually go to Africa or Europe to make geography a hands-on study, either. One of the best ways to get kids to remember where things are is to have them fill in names and landmarks on a blank or rewriteable map. Or you can have them play games, complete crafts, cook an ethnic meal, make clothes or hats specific to a region, etc.

It's also a good idea to have them read literature that takes place in the area being studied. Even in works of fiction, regional stories can give a sense of place that sticks with readers more than disconnected facts. Not that the facts aren't important—but reinforcing them through other means will cement them more than rote memorization is likely to do.

Then there are the books to keep around the house, the go-to-when-you're-bored atlases, map books, and travel guides great for browsing. Almost every child is visual to some degree, and when they can actually see what a country looks like, with its terrain, lakes, cities and borders, they're far more likely to want to know more about it. Geography study doesn't always have to be formal; supplementing after school hours is often when a lot of the real learning goes on.

Just like you can't teach your kids everything there is to know, we at Exodus Books can't offer all the resources in existence. Groups like the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institute offer bajillions of free online resources, as well as books, TV documentaries, magazines, activity guides, and more. Even more fun (and just as educational) are the Carmen Sandiego computer games and other products that turn geography drill into a hunt for an international supervillain.

To the right you'll find a list of online sites offering information, quizzes, and fun ways to learn geography. We also suggest making use of your local library as much as possible; atlases can be expensive and nation fact books quickly go out of date, but libraries are usually well-stocked and current (though a lot of books of this type are research materials and can't be checked out; be sure to bring a notebook!). Look for the audio-visual section, too; there are usually plenty of documentaries and supplements available.

Understanding geography is one of the first steps toward understanding our world. It affects government and politics, religion, food supply, even the entertainments a culture enjoys. It's probably one of the easiest subjects to get kids interested in, too, but oddly it's often neglected. With all the resources available, however, it can quickly become a focus of study during schooltime and during free time. And you don't even need to buy a junky bus or passports.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur.Read more of his reviews here.

 

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50 States Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in United States Geography (Location: B04-04E)
$7.96
7 Continents: North America
by Marilyn Evans
Pap/Map from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 3rd-6th grade
in Evan-Moor Geography (Location: B04-04D)
$15.39 $8.40 (1 in stock)
7 Continents: South America
by Rachel Lynette
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 3rd-6th grade
in Evan-Moor Geography (Location: B04-04D)
$15.39
Afghanistan to Zimabwe
by Andrew Wojtanik
for 4th-6th grade
in Multicultural Books (Location: ARF-02E)
$2.40 (1 in stock)
Africa
by Harriet Kinghorn, M. Susan Lardinois
from Instructional Fair
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
All About America Learning Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-7th grade
in United States Geography (Location: B04-04E)
$9.99
America's 100 Best-Loved State Parks
by Robert Rafferty
from Macmillan
for Adult
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Anno's U.S.A.
by Mitsumasa Anno
from Philomel Books
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: CPB-03)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Another Trip Around the World
by Leland Graham
from Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company
for 4th-8th grades
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: B05-00C)
$12.00 $9.00 (2 in stock)
Around the World with Kate and Mack
from Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
in Introductory Geography (Location: B05-00A)
Art Projects from Around the World
by Karen Backus, Linda Evans, Mary Thompson
from Teaching Resources
for 1st-3rd grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: B05-00C)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Atlas of People and Places
by Philip Steele
from Copper Beech Books
for 4th-8th grade
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: B05-00E)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Atlas of People and Places
by Philip Steele
from Copper Beech Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Clearance: General Interest (Location: ACL-GEN)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Atlas of the Bible Lands
by Harry Thomas Frank (editor)
2nd edition from Hammond World Atlas Corporation
Bible Atlas for 4th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: C07-02F)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Atlas of the Pacific Northwest
by Richard M. Highsmith, Jr., Jon M. Leverenz
3rd edition from Oregon State University Press
for 7th-12th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Beginning Geography
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Evan-Moor Geography (Location: B04-04D)
$11.89
Bible Lands Activity Maps
by Geography Matters
from Geography Matters
for 3rd-8th grade
in Geography Matters products (Location: B04-04C)
Blackline Maps of World History - The Complete Set with CD-ROM
by Terri Johnson
5th edition from Knowledge Quest
for 1st-6th grade
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: B01-02A)
$24.00 (1 in stock)
Blank Map Outlines
for All Ages
in Geography Map Resources (Location: B05-00B)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Book of Where
Brown Paper School Books
by Neill Bell
from Little, Brown & Company
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
Challenging World Geography
from Teacher Created Materials, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: B05-00C)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Charting the World
by Richard Panchyk
1st edition from Chicago Review Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Geography Map Resources (Location: B05-00B)
Chicago History for Kids
by Owen Hurd
from Chicago Review Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$5.00 (2 in stock)
Child's Geography Volume II
by Ann Voskamp & Tonia Peckover
from Knowledge Quest
for 1st-6th grade
in Geography Curriculum (Location: B04-04A)
$24.47 $16.80 (3 in stock)
Child's Introduction to the World
by Heather Alexander
from Black Dog & Leventhal
for 3rd-5th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: B05-00A)
$15.96
Children Just Like Me
by Anabel Kindersley, Barnabas Kindersley
from DK Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Multicultural Books (Location: ARF-02E)
$15.99 $6.40 (3 in stock)
Children's Atlas of God's World
from Master Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: B05-00E)
$15.19
Children's Illustrated World Atlas
by Molly Perham, Philip Steele
from Courage Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
China
by Betsy Franco & Jo Supancich
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ACL-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Chronological and Background Charts of the Old Testament
by John Walton
2nd edition from Zondervan
Biblical Reference for 9th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: C07-02F)
$13.99 $8.40 (1 in stock)
Circling the Globe
from Kingfisher
for 4th-6th grade
in Multicultural Books (Location: ARF-02E)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Cities of the Biblical World
by LaMoine F. DeVries
from Wipf and Stock Publishers
for 11th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: C07-02F)
$9.80 (1 in stock)
Comprehensive World Reference Guide
from Instructional Fair
for 7th-12th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: B05-00D)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Continents Map Set of the World
by Geography Matters
from Geography Matters
for 3rd-8th grade
in Geography Matters products (Location: B04-04C)
$11.01
Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps w/CD-Rom
by Rose Publishing
from Rose Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: C07-02F)
$20.99
Desk Atlas of the United States
1st edition from Geography Matters
for 2nd-8th grade
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: B05-00E)
Discovering World Geography with Books Kids Love
by Nancy A. Chicola and Eleanor B. English
from Fulcrum Resources
for Kindergarten-5th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: B05-00D)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
DK Compact World Atlas
by DK Publishing
6th edition from DK Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: B05-00E)
$12.00
DK Flags of the World Ultimate Sticker Book
from DK Publishing
for 3rd-8th grade
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: B01-01B)
DK Geography of the World
from DK Publishing
for 3rd-6th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: B05-00D)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
DK How People Live
1st edition from DK Publishing
for 4th-10th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: B05-00D)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Don't Know Much About the 50 States
by Kenneth C. Davis
Reprint from HarperCollins
for 4th-8th grade
in United States Geography (Location: B04-04E)
Elementary Geography
by Charlotte M. Mason
1st edition from Blue Sky Daisies
for 2nd-4th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: B05-00A)
Encyclopedia of World Geography
from Borders Press
for 9th-Adult
in Geography Reference (Location: B05-00D)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
ESV Concise Bible Atlas
by David P. Barrett
from Crossway Books
for 9th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: C07-02F)
$10.49
Everyday Geography
by Kevin McKinney
from McGraw-Hill
for 4th-6th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: B05-00D)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Everyday Geography
by Kevin McKinney
First Edition
for 4th-6th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: B05-00D)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Everything Kids' Geography Book
Everything Kids Series
by J. Elizabeth Mills, Jane P. Gardner
from Adams Media Corp.
for 4th-6th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: B05-00A)
$6.00
Everything You Need To Know About Geography Homework
by Anne Zeman & Kate Kelly
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Geography Reference (Location: B05-00D)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Exploring World Geography
by Richard Rayburn
2nd edition from My Father's World
for 5th-8th grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: B05-00C)
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