Ch 1: Geography Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Get some ideas for creating comprehensive and well-developed lesson plans about urban geography and the development and growth of cities and urban societies. These lessons will help you build geography lesson plans that you can readily incorporate in the classroom.

Geography Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will help you design lesson plans around various geography topics. Besides the useful material on creating lesson plans, you'll also find informative lessons on those topics that you can show your students or to brush up your own vocabulary. The lessons will help you prepare to teach the following:

  • Urban geography and settlement patterns
  • Development of urban societies
  • Growth of cities, suburban areas
  • And more!

Short and brightly illustrated video and text lessons provide the groundwork that help you to build your lesson plans with well-founded material. Our instructors are acknowledged experts and professional teachers whose experience and expertise is at your disposal.

How It Helps

  • Builds knowledge: Review sample discussion questions and homework assignments that help improve your students' comprehension of geography topics.
  • Student engagement: You will get ideas for classroom activities to introduce your students to geography topics, like the rise of cities and urban societies.
  • Enhances geographic knowledge: By viewing these videos on urbanization, students can expand their knowledge of topics like the locations and compositions of major cities.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning geography lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific geography topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your geography class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related geography lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important geography concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant geography-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

48 Lessons in Chapter 1: Geography Lesson Plans
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What is Geography? - Lesson Plan

1. What is Geography? - Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to introduce your students to geography. Zoom in on characteristics of physical and cultural geography, then play a fun game.

What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

2. What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

This lesson will define and explore the study of geography. In doing this, it will also explain the two main branches of geography, which are physical and cultural geography.

Latitude & Longitude Lesson Plan

3. Latitude & Longitude Lesson Plan

Where in the world are your students? Highlight the important points of latitude and longitude with the help of a video lesson and in-class mapping activity. To take instruction even further, use our extensions and related lessons.

Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation

4. Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation

This lesson will seek to explain the geographic coordinate system. In doing so, it will explain latitude and longitude. It will also highlight the equator, the prime meridian, and the concept of elevation.

Geography of the Four Seasons

5. Geography of the Four Seasons

This lesson will explain how the earth's axis and rotation affect seasons. In doing this, it will also highlight the concept of the summer and winter solstices, as well as how seasons vary around the globe.

Continents Lesson Plan

6. Continents Lesson Plan

What do your students know about the continents of the world in terms of geography, culture and religion? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to outline key facts about each of Earth's continents. A fun trivia game will allow students to demonstrate mastery.

The Seven Continents: Countries, Cultures, Politics & Religion

7. The Seven Continents: Countries, Cultures, Politics & Religion

The one-third of the earth's surface that isn't water consists of seven large land masses called continents. In this lesson, we'll learn about the history of these continents and the current cultural, political, and geographical make-up of each one.

Geography Essential Questions

8. Geography Essential Questions

In teaching geography, it is important to develop essential questions that will guide your instruction. This lesson offers you essential questions that will help you design your curriculum and individual lesson plans.

Geography Projects for Middle School

9. Geography Projects for Middle School

Geography can be studied through lectures, but it can also be studied through project-based learning. Here are some ideas for engaging geography projects, appropriate for middle school students.

World Geography Lesson Plan

10. World Geography Lesson Plan

What do your students know about world geography? This lesson plan uses a fact-based text lesson to provide information about geography to students and a fun activity to reinforce learning.

World Geography: Lesson for Kids

11. World Geography: Lesson for Kids

This lesson explores the various types of geography on our planet, focusing on the different terms, as well as describing some of the greatest geographical features in the world.

Relative & Absolute Location Lesson Plan

12. Relative & Absolute Location Lesson Plan

Relative and absolute location are important science concepts. In this lesson plan, students discover the difference between relative and absolute location through a hands-on, team-based activity.

Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography

13. Relative vs. Absolute Location in Geography

Location is important in geography. But what's the difference between absolute and relative location? In this lesson, you will learn the distinction between these two types of location. A short quiz following the lesson will allow you to test your knowledge.

Time Zones Lesson Plan for Elementary School

14. Time Zones Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help you introduce your students to time zones. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss time zones, and create a sample travel plan based on time zones. Finish up with a quiz to allow students to test what they've learned.

Understanding Time Zones Lesson for Kids

15. Understanding Time Zones Lesson for Kids

Have you tried to call or send a message to someone across the country or around the world? Calling a place far away from you can be difficult because the time of day might be different. In this lesson, we will explore time zones and why we have them.

Time Zones Lesson Plan for Middle School

16. Time Zones Lesson Plan for Middle School

Do your students know what a time zone is and why time zones exist? Use lesson plan to introduce them to the concept of time zones using a text lesson and a formula for calculating the correct time. A fun game gives student practice in calculating time in different time zones.

Identifying & Calculating Time Zones

17. Identifying & Calculating Time Zones

Knowing the time zones is very important for communication. To be able to identify and calculate time zones, you must know terms like lines of longitude, prime meridian and the International Date Line.

Canal Activities & Games

18. Canal Activities & Games

One of the most fascinating human innovations is the canal. This lesson includes canal-related activities and games teachers can use in the classroom.

Equator Lesson Plan

19. Equator Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the equator with this helpful lesson plan. Students will read and discuss a text lesson and then participate in three fun activities that allow them to apply the learned concepts.

Equator: Definition & Overview

20. Equator: Definition & Overview

Read this lesson to learn about the location of the equator, climate near the equator, and daylight at the equator for planet Earth. In addition, learn that other objects in the universe have equators too.

Flags of the World Art Activities

21. Flags of the World Art Activities

Learning about the flags of the world can be a wonderful way for students to learn geography and culture as well as design. This lesson offers some engaging art activities that teach students about flags.

Flags of the World Activities

22. Flags of the World Activities

Are you trying to help your students understand more about different countries around the world? This lesson offers several activities using a variety of learning styles to teach students the flags of the world.

Almanac Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. Almanac Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students about the almanac. Students will read a text lesson that explains the history and purpose of this reference book, ask and answer questions, then participate in a fun activity to apply learning.

What is an Almanac? - Lesson for Kids

24. What is an Almanac? - Lesson for Kids

This lesson will talk about almanacs, a book where you can learn fascinating facts about all kinds of things! Learn how this book came about, why it was so important, and how it has changed over time.

World Hemispheres Activities & Games

25. World Hemispheres Activities & Games

If your students are learning about Earth's hemispheres, you've come to the right place! This lesson contains several ideas for activities and games that teach about the world's hemispheres.

World Hemispheres Lesson Plan

26. World Hemispheres Lesson Plan

If you're teaching your class about geography, consider using this lesson on hemispheres. Let your students explore with clay, use your classroom as a giant-sized map, and develop skits and songs as they learn about the four hemispheres.

Four Hemispheres of the World: Definition & Map

27. Four Hemispheres of the World: Definition & Map

The Earth can be divided into four hemispheres: Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western. In this lesson, learn about the continents and people that are located in each of the hemispheres.

Physical Geography Classroom Activities

28. Physical Geography Classroom Activities

Make learning about the physical features of our world fun and engaging! The following is a list of activities to teach and review the physical features (landforms and bodies of water) of our Earth.

Geography Class Warm-Up Activities

29. Geography Class Warm-Up Activities

Want some ideas for warm-up activities for your geography class? This lesson gives several ideas that can easily be modified to fit the needs of your students.

Google Earth Lesson Plan for Elementary School

30. Google Earth Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Google Earth uses 3D technology to allow students to virtually fly all over the world without leaving their seats. This lesson teaches students how to use and navigate Google Earth with two navigation activities using famous landmarks.

Lighthouses Lesson Plan for Elementary School

31. Lighthouses Lesson Plan for Elementary School

What do your students know about lighthouses? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain the purpose and function of lighthouses to students. A choice of activities places students in the role of lighthouse designer.

Lighthouses Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

32. Lighthouses Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Lighthouses can be found along every coast in the world. In this lesson, find out about the very first lighthouse and discover how lighthouses have changed over the years.

Topography Lesson Plan

33. Topography Lesson Plan

Students will learn why and how the earth's surface changes constantly and overtime. They will participate in a fun activity by reshaping a man-made surface of sand. Prior to the activity, they will watch a video and answer discussion questions.

Patterns in Physical Geography Lesson Plan

34. Patterns in Physical Geography Lesson Plan

What factors influence patterns in physical geography? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain the contributing factors while outlining America's physical geography. An activity helps students create a visual representation of the concepts.

Create Your Own Nation Lesson Plan

35. Create Your Own Nation Lesson Plan

Learning about nations can be difficult until you make it fun for your students. In this lesson plan, your students will discuss vocabulary associated with nations, play a game and create their own nations.

Geographic Landforms Activities for Elementary School

36. Geographic Landforms Activities for Elementary School

If you're looking for new ideas to make learning about geographic landforms more engaging, you've come to the right place! This lesson includes several activities that are designed to make learning about this important topic meaningful and fun.

Design a Country Lesson Plan

37. Design a Country Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will discuss the various aspects of a country, debate the ways that those aspects interact and put that debate into practice by creating their own country.

Almanac Lesson Plan

38. Almanac Lesson Plan

While the almanac seems like a thing of the past, students will learn about its history and use in modern times. Students will read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Human Geography Lesson Plan for Middle School

39. Human Geography Lesson Plan for Middle School

Introduce geography requirements as it relates to human settlement. Students will view a short video and reinforce key concepts through a group activity. Check for understanding using a printable worksheet.

Geography Vocabulary Activities for High School

40. Geography Vocabulary Activities for High School

Rote memorization is difficult and boring. This lesson offers fun games and activities to get your students fully engaged in the process of learning geography vocabulary terms.

Culture & Geography Activities for High School

41. Culture & Geography Activities for High School

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.

Economics & Geography Activities for High School

42. Economics & Geography Activities for High School

Studying the relationship between economics and geography is a way to help high school students gain a deeper understanding of the world. This lesson offers some activities that will support this aspect of your instruction.

Landforms, Geology & Life Activities for High School

43. Landforms, Geology & Life Activities for High School

As a high school science or social studies teacher, one of your tasks is helping your students develop a better understanding of geography. This lesson offers activities that make learning about landforms, geology, and life more interesting for students.

Seasons Lesson Plan

44. Seasons Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson to teach your students about the reasons for our seasons. Then analyze data to show seasons around the world, making predictions and checking data.

Geography Lesson Plan

45. Geography Lesson Plan

Students may know how to read maps but may not know how to study them as artifacts of human cultures. This lesson plan introduces students to both physical and cultural geography and helps them form new ways of thinking about the world around us.

Continental Drift Lesson Plan

46. Continental Drift Lesson Plan

This lesson plan brings classrooms information about Alfred Wegener's continental drift theory. Students will watch a video lesson and then participate in hands-on activities that illustrate the theory.

Human Geography Project Ideas

47. Human Geography Project Ideas

Human geography mixes culture and human studies with physical space and landscapes. These projects can help your students experiment with these ideas in unique and creative ways.

Machu Picchu Activities for the Classroom

48. Machu Picchu Activities for the Classroom

Machu Picchu is a fascinating place of history and mystery. This asset offers multiple group activities to allow your students to fully engage with concepts related to Machu Picchu.

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