On Saturday 27 September 2014, at 11.52am local time, Mt.Ontake, an active volcano on Honshu Island in Japan, erupted without warning. These KS3-5 resources contain springboard information, case studies, teaching and learning ideas and useful links for teachers.
These resources are about the current water crisis in Las Vegas and the American southwest. They are designed to grab students’ attention, teach key geographical concepts and improve students' skills and understanding. The topics covered are sustainability, water conflicts, extreme environments and human-environment interactions.
Aid agency CAFOD has produced a set of resources to support the new primary geography curriculum. Focusing on El Salvador, the resources include an illustrated map, photo cards, online films and classroom activities to help inspire a curiosity about the world and its people.
Football is a global game. It provides a variety of engaging contexts for learning and teaching about remote locations, cultural geography, environmental impacts, globalisation and technology, global inequalities and the benefits of being a host nation for a major event.
This September guerrilla geographer Daniel Raven-Ellison is attempting to ascend the height of Mount Everest by walking up London buildings. Supported by Ordnance Survey, your students can join the Step Up Mountain Challenge too by using this new Step Up Challenge calculator. Plug in the number of steps you have climbed in a day, week, month or year and it reveals the equivalent buildings and mountains that you could have climbed on a map.
The Tour de France offers a fantastic opportunity to undertake classroom based activities that follow the route and explore the challenges facing the riders on the race. These resources provide lesson ideas, student tasks and techniques in using web-based resources to study the UK Stages.
Mission:Explore challenges students to tackle a variety of missions in a bid to gain points and badges while learning more about the world around them. The practical, open-ended tasks are wide-ranging, promote enquiry and reflection and are appropriate for all ages and abilities.
This year's WorldWise Week (previously known as Geography Awareness Week) theme is Crossing Boundaries. The resource pack, which is full of teaching ideas and lesson activities for primary and secondary, is free to download.
Teaching resources, lesson activities, contemporary case studies and links exploring the formation of storms and the effects and possible solutions to flooding, with a focus on the 2014 UK storms.
Every year humanitarian emergencies affect millions of people around the world. Aid agency CAFOD have produced a set of resources to help students understand how an aid agency works during a humanitarian emergency.
Free resources to teach about the crisis in global education and in particular the barriers to education for children with disabilities. You can sign up for a free teaching pack and download films, case studies and lesson activities.
The I-Use project has a range of resources, tools and ideas to support teachers working with statistics. This site includes information on statistics and its (mis)use, readymade tables and introductions to statistical databases and simple but effective tools for working with data that allow you to create maps and/or a variety of different charts from your own or existing data.
It is important for students, and a key element of geographical learning, to appreciate the wide range of views and issues that surround many global issues. In the UK, over 20,000 girls could be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM), and an estimated 120,000,000 girls and women worldwide are living with the consequences. This film highlights the misconceptions that appear to justify this practice.
Follow the movement of the UK landmass across the Earth over the last 500 million years and on into the future. This resource, which includes animations, maps and web links, was inspired by Prof Iain Stewart’s BBC series ‘Rise of the Continents’, and uses maps from its technical advisor Professor Christopher Scotese.
Teachit Geography, highly commended by the GA in 2013 for the quality of its resources, have provided free teaching resources on Brazil, the weather, flooding and glaciation which are accessible on this page.
Scientists agree that hurricanes and other tropical storms will be more frequent and intense in the coming years. This hurricane preparedness resource explains the causes of hurricanes and their social and economic impact. The link also has facts about Hurricane Sandy and tips on preparing for a hurricane.
These primary level teaching resources explore the causes, effects and possible solutions to flooding in Somerset, and include schemes of work, information sheets and activity sheets.
Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières has worked in partnership with the GA and a group of expert teachers to create a second set of up to date resources for A level. Feast and Famine: Life on the Margins is a series of presentations addressing themes of food security including hunger, malnutrition and gene revolutions.
A summary of the Super Typhoon which hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013, including its primary and secondary effects, what caused the storm and why its impact was so severe.
Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières has worked in partnership with the GA and a group of expert teachers to create up to date resources on tectonic activity and hazards. MSF have drawn on their field reports and dispatches to produce resources based on contemporary work seen through the eyes of people on the ground in hazardous areas.
Activity and resource downloads to run the Shape the Future competition in your school, or to use in a regular lesson about development, poverty or global issues.
Focused on the River Dee in Wales/Cheshire, this interactive website has information on river processes and features and includes video links to help teach rivers at KS2-3.
More than 100 titles made for schools over are available on the BBC Learning Zone website. The programmes are designed to provide inspiration for the classroom while tying in with the curriculum. Each of the programmes is split into short films and are ideal for stimulating discussion, or setting the scene for a lesson.
CensusAtSchool provides a range of teaching materials based on real census data which teachers and pupils can use in data-handling statistical analysis for teaching and learning contemporary geography. There are lesson activities, quizzes, some with prizes for the winning school and a range of challenging ideas.
Lots of information on glaciers and sea level rise, with links to models, photo galleries, films and interactive maps to help teach these topics at GCSE and A-level.
This year's Geography Awareness Week takes place from 17-21 June on the theme of 'Looking to the Future'. Download the free 16-page resource pack full of lesson ideas.
Visual Geography is a set of base resources for PowerPoint or interactive whiteboards, and can be used for primary or secondary. The basic premise is that geography is a very visual subject and the use of images can help to make the subject much more accessible.
The downloadable publication demonstrates geography activities which can be more widely used or adapted for use in different outdoor settings.
Teaching resources with activity sheets, lesson ideas, videos and fact sheets on water, food, aid, development, interconnections and much more.
This website features European and world maps plotting regional and national disparities in welfare, including perceptions of health and life satisfaction. The maps are accompanies by lesson plans and other resources to teach social inequality.
PowerPoint presentation on contemporary LEDC and MEDC case studies: the Haiti earthquake (2010), Japan's Tohuku Earthquake and Tsunami (2011). Developed by MSF in partnership with the GA and an expert advisory group of teachers.
Resources about global learning, and in particular, the issue of education in parts of Africa. This website page is full of lesson plans, presentations, fact sheets and videos; all free to download.
From case studies of the Dharavi slums to maps for planning field trips, this page features comprehensive reviews of online resources for your geography lessons.
New page full of resources and information about development and globalisation to promote awareness and understanding of global issues from KS1-P16.
This resource has lots of information about Word Clouds, including what they are and how they can be used to teach different subjects, including geography.
A number of presentations, handouts, lesson ideas and other resources from the 2013 Annual Conference in Derby are now available to download. They cover all KS and topics from contemporary case studies to the causes of African poverty.
This website gives KS2 pupils access to topic based education content covering sustainability, eco-systems, endangered species and amazing seas. Games to inspire, a chance to ask our resident marine expert questions, films perfect for the interactive whiteboard on sustainability and much more.
Eco Traveller gives pupils information about sustainable travel. It also gives them an insight into the cultures of Kenya, Egypt, Crete, Mexico, Spain and here in the UK. The resources include some exciting video content, images and even sound effects.
Information about the timeline for redevelopment of the Olympic Park and the regeneration of East London over the next 18 years. This page also includes questions for students to help them consider the legacy of London 2012.
We're delighted to share this brilliant song about volcanoes, written and recorded by 13 year old Sam Sumner. An inspirational piece of geography homework!
Interactive world map of endangered languages including geographical and historical information, level of risk, number of speakers, resources and video samples.
Based on days of riding around in rickshaws and drawings made locally, this animation captures the tough workaday life of a rickshaw driver, seen through the eyes of a European visitor.
Free resources from Think Global for a one-hour KS3 geography lesson on food and poverty.
Is there enough food for everyone? These free posters and PowerPoints created by ActionAid for World Food Day explore food and hunger through the eyes of children living in Bangladesh, Kenya and Malawi. Suitable for KS2 and KS3.
Sustrans' Big Street Survey is a free resource and competition which challenges pupils to investigate the area around their school and create a manifesto on how to make their streets safer and greener.
Teachit Geography is new resource website for secondary teachers which aims to stand out as a source of truly engaging classroom materials. The growing website will start with collections of adaptable resources for KS3 and KS4 across a range of file types. GA members get a three month free trial and/or 20% discount on subscriptions.
Browse our extensive range of geography resources for all phases of education including Barnaby Bear, Tocuaro, atlases, maps, fieldwork equipment, Key Stage 3 lesson plans, DVDs, option time leaflets, A-level case studies and much more. All UK orders get free postage and GA members receive big discounts!
Should Emily and Peter stay or go? is a free resource pack for KS3, GCSE and A-level geography based on the real life experiences of two Polish migrants. It contains information, activities, resources and links to support the teaching and learning of economic migration within the EU.
During key stage 2 pupils investigate people, places and environments at different scales both in the UK and abroad, and start to make links between different places in the world. They find out how people affect the environment and how they in turn are affected by it using geographical skills and resources such as maps, atlases, aerial photographs and ICT.
The site has a vast library of free cross-curricular teaching resources about canals and rivers which explore topics including transport, water, habitats and the environment. The resources are aimed at KS2 but can also be used at KS1 and KS3.
Barnaby also enables practical first-hand experience - the best way to cover the early years requirement to encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, prediction, thinking and discussion.
Supporting activities for the Kenya map, which help pupils use a globe and atlas to locate Kenya and its neighbours in Africa, practise their map skills by planning a trip to Kenya and find out more about the wider area around the village of Kaptalamwa, the focus of the GA's Kaptalamwa locality photopack, and the life of people living in the Rift Valley.
Links and activity ideas to compliment the St Lucia publications, which are about tourism, maps, growing tropical fruits and nuts, the coastal environment and everyday life in St Lucia.
Free resources from Practical Action which explore access to energy in the developing world in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, includes the topics climate change and renewable energy.
Top tips on a range of themes from Developing Locational Knowledge to revision tips and promoting GCSE geography.
List of geography apps for mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and Windows.
GA Award-winning online service which provides up to date Ordnance Survey maps at a variety of scales and free resources for all key stages.
Photos and information about Renewable Energy Village in Nepal from Practical Action. GA members only.
Free films and fact sheets on volcanoes from Twig.
27 ideas for developing Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar in geography.
Google's World Wonders Project lets you explore some of the most famous sites on earth including Pompeii, Kyoto and the Jurassic Coast. The site also includes free educational resources for primary and secondary.
Nine complete lessons to help you integrate GIS into your Key Stage 3 geography teaching.
Browse our A-Z of geography blogs and don't forget to let us know if yours isn't on the list.
Flooding from rivers or the sea is a natural hazard that has a major impact on people and the environment. In this series of case studies students will find out why flooding occurs and how we can manage flood risk in the future.
This exciting scheme gives all state schools in England free access to an extensive film library including geography-related titles such as 'An Inconvenient Truth', 'The Day After Tomorrow' and 'March of the Penguins'. Funding is also available to help set up your school cinema covering items such as black-out blinds, cushions and popcorn makers! Find out more on the FILMCLUB website.
An interactive world map containing detailed information about protected areas around the globe.
Events, activities and ideas for exploring the natural and built environment. Part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Find out about Maiden Erlegh School's successful Weather Club and how they set up a weather station on the school grounds.
These teaching ideas use Worldmapper visualisations and data to help GCSE and A-Level geography students explore issues of inequality, consumption, sustainability and ecological footprints.
We've added 18 new maps to the Base Maps page including Great Britain, Kenya, India and Japan. GA members only
View an interactive sample of this new DVD based on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Resources and weblinks to help you teach about earthquakes.
Geocube is a free online resource created by HERODOT. Move the Geocube around with your mouse to explore 54 geographical topics.
This new page has been created to help geography teachers understand the importance of a fact-based world view and to change the way we think and teach about development. It provides an introduction to Gapminder and Worldmapper and offers a selection of free resources to help you use both tools with students.