In today's world it's more important than ever for you to know your geography. With digital communication enabling us to interact with people all over the world, and knowledge of different places and cultures essential for our future, having fun with geography is more than just a game.
So whether you are prepping for the National Geographic Bee, getting ready for a geography quiz, or planning a trip, here are some resources that can help.
Lizard Point's Geography Quiz
At Lizard Point's Geo Quiz you can test your knowledge of geography of the world, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Pakistan, Russia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, United States, Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
The site shows maps of different nations and asks you to identify regions/states/provinces within the nation. If you are not exactly a world geography expert, you might want to begin with the United States or with identifying capitals.
From Lizard Point, you can link to "How Far" for Europe or the United States. All you have to do is to click on two different points and the site will tell you how great the distance is between the points.
You'll be looking for a hidden image at Brain Pinata. To uncover the image you'll need to click on "squares" in order to bring up your questions and input your answers. If you get a question wrong, the part of the images under the "square" won't be available. For Brain Pinata, you can select questions about world capitals, geography, and the United States. Non-geography pinatas include the topics cats, food for thought, and 1980s Trivia. Be warned-this isn't an easy challenge!
ePals Geography Central has some great links to resources that include Country Quizzes, Hangman and more. The site features Geography Basics, Physical Geography, Human Geography, and ideas for preparing for the National Geographic Bee. At ePals, you'll get information on legends, map words, geography questions, coordinates, and projections. There's a daily geography video and videos such as Population Pyramid and Flags of the World.
National Geographic Quizzes & Puzzles
Some of the National Geographic Quiz Your Noodle and other activities tackle topics such as the Mayans, Incas, 2010 Oil Spill, U.S. Parks, GeoBee Training, waterfalls, extreme Expeditions, Africa, Egypt, and the Grand Canyon. While you are on the National Geographic site, be sure to look around for all the other sections that will help you with your knowledge of geography.
World Geography Games by Sheppard Software
At Sheppard Software, you'll find African, Asian, Caribbean, European, Mexican, Middle East, Oceana, Central & South America, United States, and World geography games. Playing the games helps you develop a "mental map" of a countries, capitals, and geography of regions. Different levels of difficulty, from Beginner to Expert, are provided for the games. One game makes you into a cartographer as you drag countries onto maps and rotate them into their exact settings.
If you are looking for geography games that give loads of hints to help you learn, you'll especially appreciate Sheppard Software.
Geography Bee iPhone/iPad App
Whether you are participating in the Geographic Bee or not, this iPhone App can be a fun challenge for you. It costs $1.99, and the word is that it is excellent. Another App you may like is the National Geographic World Atlas.
If you want to learn about any term related to geography, try the Tutorial School's Geography Dictionary. It has 1500 terms that you can access immediately. So if you always wondered what a "quaternary" was, you'll learn that it's a geologic time lasting from 1.6m years to the present. Now you know.
We hope you'll enjoy exploring some of these resources for use in the Geographic Bee and for your reports, projects, or for just plain fun.
For links to other resources, you might want to check our articles for Grades 2-5 and 9-12.