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Geography

Links and Resources that Help Support the Nebraska K-12 Geography Standards

50 States

Click the state you’re interested in for quick access to a variety of state specific facts and other useful information.

60 Days Across the USA

Enlightenment and inspiration. Those are two main purposes of this site.

We accomplished these dual goals by posting 60 columns from March 20 to May 18 that will took us through all 48 states of the continental United States. On our virtual journey, we wrote about all the places we passed through and the people who live there. We recapped the history of each locale as well as discussed the issues facing those communities. There was also some interesting tidbits and observations along the way.

Asia Society

The Center for Global Education offers a wealth of resources to educators, including those who teach in after school or out-of-school time networks, to build capacity and transform their learning environments. Whether you’re looking for professional development opportunities, training and consulting services, or online resources, you’ve come to the right place!

Bing Driving Directions

Map multiple locations, get transit/walking/driving directions, view live traffic conditions, plan trips, view satellite, aerial and street side imagery.

Expedia Virtual Tours Activities

Millions of families across the world are now spending a lot of time at home together, which means you have plenty of opportunities to travel the world—virtually—with your kids. If you’re looking for ideas to keep your kiddos occupied and educated while you work from home or do chores, here are some of our favorite travel-inspired activities for kids at home. Facilitate active and engaged learning through kid-friendly virtual tours, hands-on activities, and crafty projects while exploring the world from your living room. Let’s get the educational adventure started.

Geography Games

By playing Sheppard Software’s geography games, you will gain a mental map of the world’s continents, countries, capitals, & landscapes!

We create content and games for our website with these goals:

1) To add sound and visual effects to make learning fun and more memorable.
2) To design games with many difficulty levels so that players will continue to be challenged no matter how far they progress.
3) To provide games that will exercise players’ brains.

Geography Games and Virtual Travel Through the USA (Submitted by Corrine and Erin K.)

Field trips are exciting and can provide great experiences for both children and adults. Although in-person field trips are always an adventure, they can be costly, difficult to plan, and weather-dependent. This is where virtual field trips can come into play as a wonderful alternative. There are countless places to visit across the United States, and many of them have online tours. You can choose a couple or experience all that the country has to offer by taking a virtual road trip across the country from the comfort of your home!

GeoInquiries

GeoInquiries™ are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based content found in commonly used textbooks. Each activity is designed using a common inquiry model and can be presented quickly from a single computer and projector or modified for students’ hands-on engagement. Collections of 15-20 activities per topic enhance your curriculum throughout the year.

GEON – Geographic Educators of Nebraska

The mission of the Geographic Educators of Nebraska is to improve the quality and quantity of geographic education in the schools of Nebraska. We seek to accomplish this by expanding geographic content and classes in Nebraska schools, colleges, and universities, supporting educators (including pre-service) in their efforts to infuse geography and geographic content into their classrooms, and teaching: modeling, practicing, and exemplifying dynamic geographic education practices. By doing these things we hope to increase awareness and appreciation of the geographic perspective among both educators and the general public, facilitate the flow of information regarding geographic education and related issues amongst educators and the general public, and advocate for Nebraska educators with regard to geographic issues at the local, state, and national levels

Japan Forum

To promote encounter with unfamiliar languages and cultures that generates dialogue with people of diverse backgrounds and opens up the world for children and young people.

K-12 Electronic Guide for African Resources on the Internet

The aim of this guide is to assist K-12 teachers, librarians, and students in locating on-line resources on Africa that can be used in the classroom, for research and studies. This guide summarizes some relevant materials for K-12 uses available on the African Studies WWW. The African Studies Web also contains information that is not listed in this guide. The resources included in this guide are accessible via the African Studies Web server; or through ‘hyper links’ to other Africa-related databases at institutions worldwide.

United States Geological Survey

Created by an act of Congress in 1879, USGS has evolved over the ensuing 125 years, matching its talent and knowledge to the progress of science and technology. USGS is the sole science agency for the Department of the Interior. It is sought out by thousands of partners and customers for its natural science expertise and its vast earth and biological data holdings.

Mapquest

Official MapQuest website, find driving directions, maps, live traffic updates and road conditions. Find nearby businesses, restaurants and hotels. Explore!

National Geospatial Program

As one of the cornerstones of the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Geospatial Program, The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response.

Ocean Geography (Submitted by Emilia and Linda P.)

Since 1998, The MarineBio Conservation Society (MarineBio) has been a nonprofit volunteer marine conservation and science education group working online together to educate the world about ocean life, marine biology, marine conservation, and to provide a sea ethic that we should all attempt to follow. We hope you enjoy MarineBio and make it one of your regularly visited websites. We welcome all questions and comments.

Reach the World

All youth need a global network to help them activate their own global journeys through work and life. All schools need to prepare students for a world where global collaboration and cooperation is the norm. Combating the ignorance that breeds fear and intolerance begins with young people.

Reach the World transforms the energy of travelers into a learning resource for K-12 classrooms. Our programs use the web, messaging and video conferencing to connect youth with travelers in one-on-one global, virtual exchanges. Our nationwide network of educators, travelers and volunteers are building a more thoughtful and welcoming society by sharing the eye-opening benefits of travel with the youth of today, who will be the decision-makers of tomorrow.

TopoZone

TopoZone.com launched late in 1999 with the goal of being the best source online for USGS-based topographic maps. Since then we have been through some changes, but our goals have not changed. We have a passion for topo maps and strive to have the best digital maps available.

U.S. Census Bureau

The Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.

U.S. State Department

The U.S. Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance by advancing the interests of the American people, their safety and economic prosperity.

World Geography, Cartography and Mapping Skills for Transportation (Submitted by M. Cooper)

In a world of computers, cell phones and smart devices, bringing out an atlas seems archaic. In fact, I’m sure some members of the younger generations aren’t even sure what an Atlas is!

Learning about geography and teaching kids the basics of mapping skills is very important. Developing spatial reasoning is a fundamental building block to all different kids of interpretation skills that will be used all your life.

Everyday we travel from point A to point B through transportation such as cars, buses, trains, plans and even walking. If you were forced to use a map for your travel, would you be able to do it? What if you stranded in the middle of nowhere hiking in the woods? Could you find your way home?

You will find a selection of resources to help you build your geography knowledge and test your mapping skills. Make sure you view the cartographic collections of old maps to see how things have changed over the years!

 

Updated September 23, 2021 8:50am