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 in cities 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.

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50 States Flipper
from Christopher Lee Publications
for 5th-Adult
in United States Geography (Location: GEO-REFUS)
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7 Continents: North America
by Marilyn Evans
Pap/Map from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 3rd-6th grade
in Evan-Moor Geography (Location: GEO-CUREM)
$17.59
7 Continents: South America
by Rachel Lynette
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for 3rd-6th grade
in Evan-Moor Geography (Location: GEO-CUREM)
$17.59
All About America Learning Wrap-Up Keys
from Learning Wrap-Ups
for 3rd-7th grade
in United States Geography (Location: GEO-REFUS)
All About Maps and Mapmaking
by Susan March
from Random House
for 3rd-8th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Our 50 States
from Random House
for 3rd-8th grade
in United States Geography (Location: GEO-REFUS)
Anno's U.S.A.
by Mitsumasa Anno
from Philomel Books
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Another Trip Around the World
by Leland Graham
from Carson-Dellosa Publishing Company
for 4th-8th grades
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: GEO-ACT)
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Around the World with Kate and Mack
from Sonlight Curriculum, Ltd.
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
Art Projects from Around the World
by Karen Backus, Linda Evans, Mary Thompson
from Teaching Resources
for 1st-3rd grade
in Clearance: Art & Music (Location: ZCLE-ART)
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Beginning Geography
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Evan-Moor Geography (Location: GEO-CUREM)
Bible Lands Activity Maps
by Geography Matters
from Geography Matters
for 3rd-8th grade
in Geography Matters products (Location: GEO-GEOM)
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Blackline Maps of World History - The Complete Set with CD-ROM
by Terri Johnson
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for 1st-8th grade
in Historical & Cultural Atlases (Location: HISRF-ATLAS)
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from Living Book Press
for 3rd-Adult
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
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Book of Marvels: Marvels of the Occident
by Richard Halliburton
from Living Book Press
for 3rd-Adult
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
$15.26
Book of Marvels: Marvels of the Orient
by Richard Halliburton
from Living Book Press
for 3rd-12th grade
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
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Book of Marvels: Marvels of the Orient
by Richard Halliburton
from Living Book Press
for 3rd-Adult
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
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BrainBox The World
from Green Board Game Co.
for 2-8
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Challenging World Geography
from Teacher Created Materials, Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: GEO-ACT)
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Charting the World
by Richard Panchyk
1st edition from Chicago Review Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Cartography & Mapping Resources (Location: GEO-MAP)
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by Owen Hurd
from Chicago Review Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
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Child's Geography Volume II
by Ann Voskamp & Tonia Peckover
from Knowledge Quest
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by Heather Alexander
from Black Dog & Leventhal
for 3rd-5th grade
in Introductory Geography (Location: GEO-INTRO)
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Children Just Like Me
by Anabel Kindersley, Barnabas Kindersley
from DK Publishing
for 1st-3rd grade
in Multicultural Books (Location: HISMC-MUL)
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Children's Atlas of God's World
from Master Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: GEO-ATLAS)
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Children's Atlas of the USA
by Craig Froman
from Master Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: GEO-ATLAS)
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by Betsy Franco & Jo Supancich
from Evan-Moor Educational Publishers
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Biblical Reference for 9th-Adult
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by LaMoine F. DeVries
from Wipf and Stock Publishers
for 11th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: XBI-GEO)
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from Instructional Fair
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in Geography Reference (Location: GEO-REF)
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from Geography Matters
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from Geography Matters
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Country Activity Notebook - Americas and Oceania
from Geography Matters
for 3rd-8th grade
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Country Activity Notebook - Asia
from Geography Matters
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from Geography Matters
for 3rd-8th grade
in Geography Matters products (Location: GEO-GEOM)
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Deluxe Then and Now Bible Maps w/CD-Rom
by Rose Publishing
from Rose Publishing
for 9th-Adult
in Bible Geography and Surveys (Location: XBI-GEO)
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Desk Atlas of the United States
1st edition from Geography Matters
for 2nd-8th grade
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: GEO-ATLAS)
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from Hammond World Atlas Corporation
for 1st-4th grade
in Cartography & Mapping Resources (Location: GEO-MAP)
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Discovering the World of Geography - Grades 5 & 6
for 5th-6th grade
in Geography Activities & Games (Location: GEO-ACT)
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by DK Publishing
7th edition from DK Publishing
for 4th-8th grade
in World & U.S. Atlases (Location: GEO-ATLAS)
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from DK Publishing
for 3rd-8th grade
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
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by Kenneth C. Davis
Reprint from HarperCollins
for 4th-8th grade
in United States Geography (Location: GEO-REFUS)
$7.99
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from ArtK12
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Draw the World (Location: ELE-ARTDW)
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from ArtK12
for Kindergarten-8th grade
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from ArtK12
for Kindergarten-8th grade
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from ArtK12
for Kindergarten-8th grade
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from ArtK12
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Draw the World (Location: ELE-ARTDW)
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from ArtK12
for Kindergarten-8th grade
in Draw the World (Location: ELE-ARTDW)
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for Kindergarten-8th grade
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