Geography is such a fascinating subject to teach. It's about the where and why of places and people. Where are certain phenonmenon (physical, cultural, etc.) located and why are they there? As you get started teaching geography, you might want to frame your lessons around the Six Essential Elements of Geography (you can google it) and apply them to each region or place you teach about. Be sure to give students opportunity to apply spatial anlaysis and opportunities to discuss things as they learn. As you uncover information about different people and places, it's important to help students consider possible parallels at the local, national, and international levels. This will help make geography tangible and keep it interersting for students. Best of luck!
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Sheppard software is an excellent and enjoyable way for students to learn the physical location of the countries of the world,the fifty states, and capitals.
Sheppard software is free and contains multiple tiers/tests of difficulty for the countries of the world and fifty states.
Additionally, Sheppard software provides a grade for each tier/test.
Are there specific lesson plans you are interested in or could you elaborate on what kind of advice you are looking for? In the meantime, if you haven't already seen these videos, they might be a good place to start:
Teaching geography in elementary
I love teaching geography and global awareness at the elementary school level. The book Amy's Travels teaches the seven continents and has lesson plans and a comprehensive book guide for K-5. It's on amazon!
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