Culture & Geography Activities for High School

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Understanding the relationship between culture and geography is a big part of developing a nuanced understanding of human life. This lesson offers some diverse and meaningful activities to supplement your instruction.

Teaching Geography, Teaching Culture

As a high school teacher of social studies, you want your students to think deeply and critically about why and how civilizations work. This means understanding government, history, andeconomics. It also, however, means developing a careful understanding of geography.

You already know that geography is about more than just learning how to read a map or knowing where places are in the world. Geography is also inextricably intertwined with culture, and your students will benefit from learning more about how this relationship works.

To teach your students more about the connection between culture and geography, it can help to have some activities to incorporate into your instruction. The activities in this lesson appeal to a variety of learning styles and will help your students understand culture and geography.

Visual Activities

Here, you will find activities that appeal to visual learners, those who internalize new concepts and skills best via images and graphic organizers.

World Photographs

Split your students up into small groups for this activity. Give each group a collection of ten to fifteen images of people from around the world. All of the images should come from approximately the same time period, whether historical or current. Then, ask students to analyze each image in relation to these questions:

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