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Adventures in Geocaching -- And Other Geography Resources
Category: Academics
Tags: geography geocaching for kids world geography geography games


When geocaching on a road trip, or even around in your own neighborhood, you can use the activity to learn about the geography, history, culture, and plants and animals of an area.

Caches are sometimes placed near historical markers, and you can take the opportunity to read up on events of the past while you're looking.

There are also nature caches that ask finders to identify trees, leaves, or rocks in an area, or answer questions about a particular landform, like a mountain. 

And sometimes, locating caches requires you to venture down trails, some of which have markers that tell you about the local flora and fauna.

Smartphones have made it very easy to geocache, (get the free app). Here are some other free apps that can be used in tandem with geocaching, or by themselves to help make geography more interesting: 
  • Google Earth: While you're out geocaching, use the new Knowledge Cards feature of Google Earth to learn about the history, culture, natural wonders, and wildlife in your area.

  • Waymarking: This free site helps you pull up all kinds of unique and interesting places in your surrounding area. Put in an address, or search by one of hundreds of categories that range from the  ordinary to the bizarre, and everything in between. Some of the entries we pulled up around Santa Fe included wagon roads and trails, labyrinths, urban legends and superstitions, and weird natural formations. There was even a category showing locations for and information on penny smashers, (one of my daughter's interests).

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Cultures and Geography, by traykay


Free World Geography Download
Category: Social Studies
Tags: world geography lessons

​Knowledge Quest  ​is offering its free Globalmania ​world history e-book. Globalmania is a seven-month program, with each month broken down to  four weekly lessons. Links to online games, puzzles, and quizzes are provided, as well as color world and continent maps, labeled and unlabeled. You can download the entire ebook, or just the parts you want.

Comparing Countries
Category: Social Studies
Tags: geography world geography geography facts geography lesson plans

What would your life be like if you were born and lived in a different country? The site ​If It Were My Home ​lets you answer that question. They have a comparison tool that enables you to pull up stats on living conditions in other countries and how they match up with the U.S. and each other. 

I tried it out by doing a comparison between the U.S. and Slovakia, (where my husband's paternal grandparents were born and emigrated from). I was presented with a Google map that showed the size of the country in relation to the U.S. In this case, Slovakia was shown overlaying Greenville, SC. You can also view a full "zoomable " world map. 

It told me that if Slovakia were my home instead of the U.S. I would....

  • consume about 75% less oil
  • use about 58% less electricity
  • spend about 81% less money on health care, but also make 54% less money and have 30% more chance of not having a job
  • life expectancy  is lower there, too, by about 2.5 years

The site gives additional basic information on the country, and recommended reading lists for further information (none were listed for Slovakia). You can also vote on whether or not you'd rather live in said country, (no, thanks), and "sound off" about your decision in their comments section.

 Kind of a different way of doing a geography lesson.



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