Geography is an excellent way to integrate math, science, social studies and, of course, teachable moments. With declining funding, a source of useful, printable maps is a must, and these sites offer them. I highly recommend Google Earth if you have an overhead projector, so the class can more vividly see locations.
Enchanted Learning Geography
- Great site for younger students, but some items require membership. Find lots of free materials.
Geography World - Lots of links -- includes sections for games, maps and more
Google Earth- Free download
Historical Atlas of the 20th Century- Difficult to master as well, but there is a lot here, especially for world history and older students.
HyperHistory Online: Maps - You need to click on maps in the menu and then click on the time period. With a good selection from world history, it’s excellent for world history classes.
Map History/ History of Cartography- Mainly maps no longer current, but it’s a great way to study early world history. Site has more than 5,000 annotated links.
Mapping-for-everyone- A great site -- students can compare places they have lived with heart attack rates and toxic release inventory. They can make a demographic map and more. This site is an exceptional way to create interest in geography.
Mapping History- From the OSSHE Historic Atlas Resource Library
Mapping the Holocaust- An animated presentation filled with information, it is a must watch for students studying this event. For all ages, but especially grade four and up.
Maps and Geography Lesson Plans- A huge map collection including satellite images provides lessons for every level. Site includes craters and geology, too.
Mr. Donn Map Skills - Map skills activities and lessons -- a lot of them
National Geographic Maps- Maps and more -- includes lesson plans by grade level. Try the Map Machine; connected to the Geo Bee Challenge. But site takes a while to navigate.
Open Directory: Geography- Get links to a huge number of maps in several languages, too. Specific areas target older students, such as urban planning and human geography.
Periodical Atlas of Europe- A great site for the study of Europe because it has maps showing how it has changed over the centuries -- for older students.
Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection -This great collection in Texas includes oil spill, current and historical maps, more for older students.
Quia Geography- Geography games and quizzes
SCORE Map Resources- From California, these sites are aligned with that state's curriculum. Use the search engine to find specific maps; good for all grade levels.
Social Explorer- Site is difficult to master, but worthwhile as it has current and past census data.
The Traveler IQ Challenge- Fun and easy-to-use interactive map site
U.S. and World Geography Free Maps- Find a large collection of printable maps by geographic area --current maps only.
Worldatlas Outline Maps- Printable maps and quiz site offers free maps -- easy-to-print and individualize.