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National Geography Awareness Week, Grades 6-8

Lessons, Resources, and Activities

Found In: social studies, 6-8

Lesson Plans & Activities

Lesson Plans

Geographic Groceries 
Students in grades 3-6 identify regions and determine patterns of organization in a grocery store.

Food Crops in the Americas 
Students in grades 3-6 create a thematic map of the Americas to show patterns and relationships of land use, land cover, and major crops.

Introducing Biodiversity and BioBlitz
Students in grades 4-8 examine the diversity of life and prepare for participation in a bioblitz in their local park.

Designing a BioBlitz Learning Experience
Students in grades 4-12 help scientists, naturalists, and other expert volunteers prepare to lead an inventory group as part of a bioblitz event.

Brown v. Board of Education: Five Communities That Changed America 
Students in grades 5-12 explore the struggle to abolish segregation in public education.

Make A Contour Map
Students in grades 6-8 create three-dimensional clay mountains and use them to make contour maps.

Travel on the Underground Railroad 
Students in grades 6-12 plot a path, on the Underground Railroad, from a point in the Southern United States to various points along the way to a safe house in Canada.

Women in Baseball 
Small groups of students in grades 6-12 role-play sports marketing firms trying to package female baseball players with product endorsements.

Crossing the Line: Jackie Robinson 
Students in grades 7-12 examine Jackie Robinson

Teaching with Historic Places: Civil Rights and Racial Healing Feature (K-12)


Students use graphics and sound effects on an animated 3D globe to Build Planet Earth and Map Countries and Cities. The page links to hundreds of more activities.

The Fifty States
Click the map to learn about each state.

A Map of Every Building in America
Can you find your house?

Background Resources

7 Billion: Are You Typical? -- National Geographic Magazine 
(2:55) This video presents characteristics of the world's most typical person and looks at how that will change.

Geography Awareness Week
Resources about geography as a discipline and tips and tools to plan for GeoWeek.

What Do Maps Show Teacher Packet
4-8. A colorful poster showing several views of Salt Lake City and four lessons teaches basic geographic and cartographic skills.

Physical geography and an introduction to the earth sciences that includes topics on Earth's structure, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Includes activities and quizzes.

Exploring Maps Teacher Packet
An interdisciplinary set of materials on mapping for grades 7-12. Students learn basic mapmaking and map-reading skills.

USGS GeoData Booklet 
Describes and shows samples of digital data available from USGS

The National Map Viewer
Zoom in and print a high-resolution map of a local area, a state, or the United States. This is an excellent tool for practicing the use of latitude/longitude, the national grid, elevation, distance, and more. No special software or download is required. Maps can be printed on 8.5" x 11" paper.

Urban Growth in American Cities Booklet
Illustrates and explains the spatial history of urban growth and corresponding changes in land use.


GeoNet Game: Quizzes
Chose a map of the United States or of the world, and then choose a region to be quizzed in six categories. Two levels of difficulty.

Test your Geography Knowledge
World geography quizzes.

Maps: Blank Outline and Tests



last updated: October 15, 2019


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