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Continents Fact Files Printable – Geography Printables

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This year Kaleb and I have been wandering around the world via books, Little Passports, and various other things we come across in our travels. We have a slew of resources and to go along with a few of our books, I put together some printables where we could track important information related to the countries. 

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There are several pages for each continent: a blank continent image, one showing countries/territories within the continent, and another labeling each of the countries/territories within the continent (Antarctica only has one page). 

All continent fact pages were designed using the traditional Montessori colors: Africa (green), Antarctica (white), Asia (yellow), Australia (brown), Europe (red), North America (orange),  and South America (pink). 

Each page has room to record the following information and also shows where that continent is in comparison to other continents: 

  • Size/Area
  • Number of Countries
  • Population
  • Highest Point
  • Place with Most People
  • Climate
  • Top Landmarks
  • Natural Resources
  • Nearby Oceans

We’ve been using the below books to help us fill in the information blanks on each continent fact file: 


 

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The set also has seven half-sheet printables we recommend printing off onto cardstock and laminating. Use them as larger flash cards to show the various country/territory divisions on the continents. We have a copy in each of our continent boxes and will put them on the wall above our map when we are studying the continent. 

We also highly recommend taking part in a Little Passports subscription! Not sure which adventure to choose for your explorer? Check out these Little Passports blog posts and learn more about their four subscription options:

Download the Continent Fact Files & Continent Cards

Your family is more than welcome to download the 23 page Continent Fact Files as well – and we hope they are a help to you!

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More Geography Resources

 

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Click on one of the globe to search for geography resources by continent. Each page has downloads for flag coloring and information pages, mapping pages, and links to blog post full of lesson plans and additional information.

Africa   Asia   Australia
Europe    North America    South America
 

10 Tools for Teaching Geography & Exploring the World

10 tools for teaching geography - hands on ways to incorporate geography learning

We are barely finished with this school year, and over the last few weeks (ok, months) I’ve been piecing together what we will be doing during the upcoming school year. One of my initial plans for this past year was to work on world geography with the boys. Unfortunately, I went a little overboard in my mind and it was put to the side – mainly because I wanted to reinvent the wheel and put together a billion ideas (which were all good) into creating our own curriculum. 


Rather than running myself ragged – and truthfully in an effort to keep it more simple – I’ve decided to use something that is already pre-planned – Elementary Geography and Cultures from Masterbooks. It’s a curriculum I’ve been eyeing for quite some time (thanks to my friend Carisa) and includes the books Passport to the World and the Children’s Atlas of God’s World .  Yes, I will likely end up reworking some of my past geography printables and also create a few additional go-alongs for what we are doing, BUT I am so very excited about this one year world geography plan. 

Now, while having a curriculum framework to follow is great, the most effective way to teach our kids geography is through the hands-on tools that go along with ANY curriculum. Here are 10 tools for teaching geography – all things our family has used (and will use again) to keep learning fun.

10 Tools for Teaching Geography

10 tools for teaching geography and exploring the world

1 // Read Lots of Literature (and then some more)

One of the things we enjoyed the most our first geography go-round were the many books that are available based on the countries we studied. From missionaries that served in the country to picture books about artists or scientists, there is an amazing abundance of books to read and learn through. If you’d like to see the books we read through before, check out this page and click on the continent link to see favorites by country. 

2 // Play and Learn Music

Music can be one of the best tools to use for children to memorize things. Our girls used Geography Songs and we’ll use that again for learning countries, bodies of water, and continents.

Also spend time listening to composers who were born in the different countries or music that is native to the geographical areas. Take a trip to your library and check out a few CDs or have fun browsing YouTube to see traditional dances. 

3 // Create Art

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Learn about artists native to the country you are studying or special art styles that are based in a geographical region.  When we were studying the Amazon, we used chalk pastels to draw frogs, toucans, and other animals from the rainforest. They were some of our favorite drawings we’ve done! 

4 // Create Continent Boxes

Put aside and group all of the hands-on materials you collect into boxes (or bags) based on countries or continents. Over the years we’ve collected many fun things (some from our subscription to Little Passports) and also some new materials (I am absolutely in love with TOOBS and their animals and landmark figures). I’ve purchased seven photo storage boxes to keep all our materials in one spot. (Thanks to Counting Coconuts for the idea.)

5 // Learn about the Animals

Include a little science learning into each geographical area you study by looking at animals that are native to to that country. Our girls loved learning about kangaroos and koalas when we studies Australia, peacocks when we learned about India – and there are so many more. Learn about their habits, diet, and classification. We often created lapbooks and those stayed on our shelves to review for years to come.

6 // Eat and Cook a Special Meal Together

 

Cooking is not only a life skill for kids to learn, but it can be a memorable way to learn about a country. Depending on the country you are studying, pick a recipe or create a meal that would be native to that country (granted Antarctica might be a little hard…), but snow cones might be a favorite! Every now and then we would treat the kids to a special meal out if we had a great restaurant in town, because sometimes the cultural experience is equally (or even more) fun. If Pinterest is too overwhelming, the book Eat Your Way Around the World is full of recipes to try.

 

7 // Put a Puzzle Together

While you are reading out loud or keeping fidgeting kids busy, pull out a puzzle and work on it together. We have all of the GeoPuzzles and absolutely LOVE them. Rather than being regular shaped puzzle pieces, each piece is shaped like the countries within that continent. 

8 // Make Lego Creations

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Legos may never leave our home. Our kids have a plethora of them, and we will definitely be incorporating them into our geography time filling out blank outline maps, building famous landmarks…or getting a good laugh in when the kids depict the most hilarious historical scenes with LEGOs. (Sometimes you just have to laugh even though beheading are no laughing matter.)

9 // Draw Through the Countries

Have a child that loves to draw? Pull out the Draw Write Now series and let your kids illustrate their way around the world. Use the Draw and Journal pages to draw a picture of an animal or landmark in that country and write down a few facts to go along. Our kids love to draw while I’m teaching – and it can help them remember facts better as well. Geography Through Art is another great book that includes art projects using different mediums – from all around the world.  

10 // Use Geography Printables

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If you know me well, you’ll know that I love creating printables that help our kids in the learning process. Over the years we have used a variety of printables, both ones I’ve pulled together and ones from other blogging friends. Here are a few free geography resources

 

Those are a few of the ways we incorporate fun into our geography studies – how has your family expanded geography learning together? 

 


Niger Geography Printables and Unit Study Links

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In support of the Raise a Village campaign, I am part of a team of homeschool educators  partnering with Samaritan’s Purse to bring you part of an educational unit study of Niger.

Today I have a few printables to share with you based on the country of Niger {not Nigeria – did you know there were two countries in Africa with such similar names?}. If you are working on a geography unit for Africa, these printables will be a fun addition to your learning. Don’t forget to check below too. There are links to several other helpful printables, art projects, and lesson plans from other homeschool moms to help you out as well.

Niger Mapping Page, Country Factsheet, and Prayer Printables

Niger Geography Pages via HomeschoolCreations

 

The Niger Geography Printables include the following worksheets:

  • a mapping sheet for the country of Niger {map rivers, countries, mountains, and other geographical information}
  • a country factsheet to write down information about Niger including when it became a country, current population, climate, type of government, and more
  • a prayer sheet to display and use when studying about Niger

You can find out specific information on the country of Niger that will help you fill out the worksheets by visiting this site and also the Raise a Village page from Samaritan’s Purse.

—->  Download the Niger Geography Printables HERE <—-

Don’t miss these FREE geography printables listed by continent…

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Additional Printables, Projects, and Ideas for a Niger Unit Study

Visit the following blogs for more free printables and unit study ideas to use with your family when learning about the country of Niger:

Raise a Village from Samaritan’s Purse

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You can find out how Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with Guidan Gado, a village in the country of Niger where families struggle in hopeless situations.

Raise a Village is an effort to change lives by supplying livestock, seeds, tools, and other aid that will provide the 1,400 people living in Guidan Gado with a hope-filled future. It is just one of the many ways we are working in Niger, which is one of the poorest countries on earth.

Follow the progress of Raise a Village.

 

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I volunteered to create printables and share information about Raise a Village from Samaritan’s Purse. I was not compensated in any form and all thoughts, printables, and such are my very own.

South Africa Country Study

We have friends who visited South Africa a few years ago, so the girls remembered hearing about some of the different places that they had visited and also seeing pictures of their trip ~ making this a fun country to review and study.

Along the way we learned that South Africa is bigger than Texas and California combined, practiced a little Zulu, got confused with the three different capitals {Cape Town, Pretoria, and Bloemfontein}, and discovered that South Africa actually has another country within its borders {Lesotho}.

You can view the other countries that we’ve studied from Africa on my geography page.

Week 1 Layout

Monday

  • Introduce new song about Morocco from Geography Songs
  • Use atlas and globe to locate South Africa
  • Read one of our books from our bookshelf about South Africa

Tuesday

  • Review geography song
  • Learn {and review} some terms: grasslands, plateaus and cape
  • Independent reading from bookshelf
  • Filled out the map of South Africa using our notebooking page

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Wednesday

Thursday

  • Review geography song
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  • Reading together book on South Africa {from our bookshelf}

Week 2 Layout

Monday

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Tuesday

  • Review geography song
  • Read together one of books from bookshelf
  • Listened to the South African National Anthem

 

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Review geography song
  • Summarized one of our reading books and copy summary/dication
  • Added our notebooking pages to our binder and stamped our passports!

Books We Used

 

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Learning About Morocco

Morocco was one of the countries that was ‘lighter’ for us, but it was nice to have a little bit of a break. We used the time to focus on several geography terms ~ strait {Strait of Gibraltar}, desert, mountains, coast, plateau, plain, valley. We also talked about the government in Morocco, read some great books about the country and made a very simple dish as our meal from Morocco.

You can view the other countries that we’ve studied from Africa on my geography page.

Week 1 Layout

Monday

  • Introduce new song about Morocco from Geography Songs
  • Use atlas and globe to locate Morocco
  • Read one of our books from our bookshelf about Morocco

Tuesday

  • Review geography song
  • Learn {and review} some terms: strait {Strait of Gibraltar}, desert, mountains, coast, plateau, plain, valley
  • Independent reading from bookshelf
  • Filled out the map of Morocco using our notebooking page

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Wednesday

  • Review geography song
  • Watched the clip below on Morocco
  • Talked about the government of Morocco {monarchy}
  • Independent reading

 

Thursday

Week 2 Layout

Monday

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Tuesday

Wednesday

  • Review geography song
  • Talked about the religions of Morocco
  • Story from Around the World in 80 Tales ~ The Lion’s Dinner
  • Made a little couscous

Thursday

  • Review geography song
  • Summarized one of our reading books and copy summary/dication
  • Added our notebooking pages to our binder and stamped our passports!

Books We Used

 

Resources and Websites

 

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Traveling Tanzania

Tanzania wasn’t on the list of countries for Galloping the Globe, but I was asked to help write a preschool unit for Itty Bitty Bookworm and I couldn’t pass up all the research that I had done for the unit!

We studied about Tanzania after we finished up our unit on Kenya since they are both in eastern Africa. Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa and also has the tallest mountain ~ Mt. Kilimanjaro. For our study we started with the book We All Went on Safari by Laurie Krebs looked more at the Maasai culture, learned about Mt. Kilimanjaro, tried to speak a little Swahili, and just had fun exploring a little more of Africa!

Week 1 Layout

    Monday

    • Introduce East Africa song about Tanzania from Geography Songs {see words below}
    • Use atlas and globe to locate Tanzania
    • Independent reading ~ pick a book from the shelf to read 
    • Watched this 10 minute YouTube video about Tanzania

 

Tuesday

    • Review geography song
    • Learn {and reviewed} some geography terms: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Great Rift Valley, lake, crater, and island {Zanzibar}
    • Completed our mapping activity of Tanzania

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Wednesday

    • Review geography song
    • Built a Masai hut {which I cannot for the life of me find a picture of}. Laurianna gathered sticks/twigs from outside and glued them around a small can of chilies and it was very cute!
    • Learned about Mt. Kilimanjaro
    • Independent reading

Thursday

    • Review geography song
    • Story from Around the World in 80 Tales ~ The Dancing Hyena
    • Talked about similarities/differences between our culture and life in Tanzania
    • Reading together book on Tanzania {from our bookshelf}

Week 2 Layout

Monday

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Thursday

Resources and Websites

Books We Used