Resource Guide for Geography
Dr. Ava L. McCall
● Children’s Books
● Computer Software
● Curriculum Units
● Professional Books and Journal Articles
Cherry, L. (1992). A river ran wild. San Diego: Voyager Books.
The information picture book illustrates how the Nashua River in New Hampshire and
Massachusetts changed over time through the effects different groups of people and
industries had on the river from 7000 years ago to now. The text and drawings depict
how people change their environment, including polluting the Nashua River during the
industrial revolution and later as industries dump waste into the river. It also suggests
how activists can lead efforts to clean up polluted rivers so that people and animals can
safely use them.
Knowlton, J. (1985). Maps & globes. New York: HarperCollins.
This picture book is written for early elementary and clearly explains the history of maps,
the accuracy of globes in representing the earth, some of the distortions on flat maps, and
the meaning of north, south, east, and west. The text also addresses components of maps,
such as the equator, northern and southern hemispheres, lines of latitude and longitude,
scale, key or legend, elevation, and depth. Finally, it introduces the reader to different
types of maps, including physical, political, and local.
Leedy, L. (2000). Mapping Penny’s world. New York: Henry Holt.
This picture book introduces young readers to different components of maps, such as the
title, key, symbols, scale, compass rose, and labels, then provides examples of different
types of maps drawn from the places they represent. Lisa, a young girl, creates the maps
of her bedroom, the yard where her dog Penny hides “treasures,” the route Penny’s dog
friend Maxine must take to get to Penny’s house, a park where Lisa and Penny hike or
bike, and the neighborhood where they visit Penny’s favorite places.
Ritchie, S. (2009). Follow that map! A first book of mapping skills. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can
The picture book explains the main components of maps: compass rose, landmark,
symbol, legend/key, routes, and scale bar and different kinds of maps which can be used
to find a missing dog and cat. The text shows aerial views of a yard, bedroom, and other
places to help children begin to look at places as a map maker might. It also introduces
maps of a community, a park, a city, a geographical region with urban and rural areas,
different weather patterns, the location of a treasure, the topography of a place, a
carnival, the world, and space.
Rabe, T. (2002). There’s a map on my lap! New York: Random House.
Written in Dr. Seuss’s style, the text introduces children to cartographers who make maps
for different purposes, such as to show distances, population, and topography. It also
addresses various aspects of maps, including scale, compass rose, and legends. The
author overgeneralizes that all maps place north at the top of the map, which should be
corrected when discussing the text with children. The author lists additional books which
can be used to teach young children about maps and globes.
Sweeney, J. (1996). Me on the map. New York: Dragonfly Books.
The book illustrates a young girl’s location in her room, house, street, town, state,
country, and world while also showing maps of each place. Children can make
connections between a drawing of a place and a map of the same place. Then the text
depicts the girl’s process of finding herself on a map of the world, country, town, street,
house, and room. This portion of the text illustrates the use of maps to identify one’s
Zimmerman, W. F. (2006). The world is flat: not! Ann Arbor, MI: Nimble Books LLC.
The text shows different maps of the world, including orthographic projections (showing
the Earth the way it is seen from space) and Robinson projections. The Robinson
projections show the locations of countries; the human population during the 1700s,
1800s, 1900s, and 2004; the location of crops grown in 1990; and how humans have
affected the Earth by building cities, roads, and farms. The author needs to clarify the
meanings of some of the colors on world maps when they are first displayed and provide
additional information on the world map showing “antipodes” or spots on opposite sides
of the Earth.
National Geographic Society. (1999). U.S. regional geography Midwest. Washington, DC:
National Geographic Society.
The software explores the physical and cultural geography of the Midwest.
Stearns, P. H., Nolan, S., and Tom Synder Productions. (1998). Neighborhood map machine.
Watertown, MA: Tom Synder Productions.
Students create maps of real and imaginary places, travel around neighborhoods and
towns, and learn about direction, symbols, scale, grid coordinates, and other geography
skills. ** Addresses skills created by the National Geography Standards**
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board. (1998). Celebrating people, place, and past.
Madison, WI: Wisconsin Educational Communications Board.
Provides an interactive tour of Wisconsin’s rich history, culture, and geography.
Learning Company. (1997). 3rd grade adventures builds confidence and problem solving skills
for school. Cambridge, MA: Learning Company.
Computer adventure game designed to develop thinking and problem solving skills. The
geography section uses skills such as map grids, keys, and cardinal direction.
Edmark Corporation. (1995). Trudy’s time and place house: Five exciting activities each time
and geography. Redmond, WA: Edmark.
The computer software provides five activities that challenge kids to build time-telling
skills, develop mapping and directional skills, and travel the world, learning about
continents, oceans, and landmarks.
Finding a way: Learning activities in geography for grades 7-11. (2000). Indiana, PA: National
Council for Geographic Education.
This is a set of curriculum modules that contains geography learning activities. They
emphasize strategies to encourage young women in geography and social studies classes.
Each module is constructed by different authors.
Module 1: And Justice For All?
Exploring how geographers make decisions about locating hazardous waste and landfills
Module 2: The Nuclear Energizer
Looking for meaning in the locations of nuclear power installations across the United
States and examining the pros and cons of nuclear energy.
Module 5: Finding a Way Through Career Geography
Acquainting students with careers in geography and developing a deeper understanding
of the relevance of geography in everyday life.
Module 6: A Tour of Your Hometown
Students complete fieldwork and research in order to plan a tour of their hometown and
produce a brochure that includes maps, descriptions, and illustrations.
Module 8: The Gendered Geographies of Everyday Life.
Students examine the larger space in which they live for evidence of how it presents and
Module 9: Your Space or Mine?
Students determine which space in their schools are generated spaces and how the
characteristics of these spaces affect their daily lives and their identity formations.
Module 12: Women’s Education
Examining the importance of educating females in order to raise living standards in
Africa and identifying variables that affect the living standards of women.
Module 14: Activity Space and Transportation
Studying transportation decision-making in the context of daily activity spaces and
focusing on transportation demands of women.
Module 15: Looking at an Urban Landscape
Methods and new perspectives for looking at landscapes and raising questions about how
space and place have different meanings for boys and girls.
Module 16: Polls, Perceptions, and Poverty
Analyzing statewide voting trends, examining reasons why people stay away from the
polls, and providing ways for students to get involved in voter registration.
Module 19: Economic Geography and Women in World War II
Exploring issues related to women’s experiences during World War II from a geographic
point of view.
Module 20: Women’s Travel and Mental Maps
Using primary sources about women’s travel to create mental maps of a location and to
understand how culture and experience influence peoples’ perceptions of places.
Module 21: Mapping Catherine, Called Birdy
Examines the intersection of space, lifestyle, and values in medieval England.
Module 24: Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a More Fair Map
Exploring ways that the geographer’s most basic tool-the map- can be used to bring out
the new feminism and engender a new geographic vision.
Module 25: Tales From the Crypt
Gathering and evaluating information about cultural symbols, nationalities, lifespans, and
gender issues in a specialized landscape-the cemetery.
Module 26: Using Women in the Material World
Helping students to see themselves in a cultural and physical landscape and to better
understand the relationship between gender and space.
Module 27: Taking a Stand
Exploring the kinds of decision-making that multinational corporations undertake
regarding where and how to conduct business operations.
Wisconsin cartographers’ guild and Bobbie Malone. (2000). Mapping Wisconsin history:
Teacher’s guide and student materials. Madison, WI: State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
The curriculum guide contains colored transparency maps of Wisconsin’s physical
geography (lowlands and highlands, early vegetation), treaty lands, European American
settlement areas, mining districts, and areas of different crop production and dairy
products. Lesson plans and additional black-and-white maps focus on Wisconsin’s
landscape, Native Americans, migration and settlement, cities and counties, mining and
shipping, timber, agriculture, and transportation and industry.
Corbett, J.J. (1995). Hail to the chief: The presidential election game that builds your knowledge
of U.S. history and geography. Ann Arbor, MI: Aristoplay.
The game looks at different aspects of the states and helps students learn the presidents
and location of states.
GEOToys. (2010). GEO Dice. Neenah, WI: Author.
The game board includes a world map on one side with the names of each country
printed on the country and the second side shows the capitals of each country printed on
the country. The goal of the game is for players to name as many countries and capitals
as they can before the timer runs out. Players decide if they are focusing on countries or
capitals, then role all five letter dice together and two continent dice, set timer, then write
as many countries or capitals that begin with one of the letters from the letter dice and are
in the continent shown on the continent dice (Europe, Africa, Asia/Oceania, and the
Americas). If a “happy face” is rolled, then players write countries or capitals from any
Learning Resources, Inc. (n.d.). World treasure hunt map. Vernon Hills, IL: Author.
The game can be used to teach students about the seven continents and five oceans of the
world, specific facts about the oceans and continents, and the locations of the continents
and oceans using directional terms. Facts about the oceans include their location, area,
climate, and animals that live there. Facts about the continents include their population,
climate, main languages spoken, major landforms, number of countries located on the
continent, the percentage of the Earth’s land the continent occupies, famous sites, and
animals that live on the continent. The game includes a large plastic world map, fact
cards about the continents and oceans, and flag markers for team competitions. The game
is appropriate for ages four and older.
Graphic Learning Corporation. (1998). Wisconsin map studies program. Waterbury, CT:
The kit covers areas such as map skills, geography of Wisconsin, history of Wisconsin
and modern Wisconsin.
Breding, P. (2005). The population map. Amherst, MA: ODT.
This map depicts the size of each country according to its population rather than land
mass. Each grid square represents one million people. It shows China and India as the
most populous nations. Map inserts show where humans lived 100,000 years ago, at the
time of the birth of Christ, at 1650 A.D., at 1900 A.D., and population projections for the
year 2150. *Not in Polk Library*
Johns, L. (1999). The world. Lancaster, Pa: GeoSystems.
This map is a map of the world where south is the top of the map, a different orientation
to the world usually depicted on maps. *Not in Polk Library*
Johnston, D. S. & Brown, B. (1998). How big is Africa? Boston: Trustees of Boston University.
Map compares the size of Africa to the continent of Europe and the countries of the
United States and China. Map comes with curriculum guide that contains six lessons to
go with the map. The lessons encourage students to appreciate the size and diversity of
the African continent. *Not in Polk Library*
Levine, J. (1990). Turnabout map-a new world of understanding. Palo Alto, CA: Laguna Sales.
A map of North and South America with South America at the top of the map. It
emphasizes South America to balance the traditional representation of North America
“on top.” *Not in Polk Library*
Milwaukee Map Services (1998). Wisconsin. Chippewa Falls, WI: Hubbard Scientific.
A physical relief map of the state of Wisconsin showing the different elevations in
various colors as well as raised places on the map. The map includes rivers, lakes, roads,
mileage between places, cities, state and county parks, airports, and other points of
interest. The main value of the map is showing the various elevations of the different
regions of the state.
Nystrom, Herff Jones Education Division. (n.d.). United States. Indianapolis, IN: Author.
A 28" x 18" relief map of the United States showing the 50 states, state capitals, interstate
highways, and such natural features as rivers, lakes, deserts, and swamps. The raised
areas of the map emphasize the mountain ranges.
Nystrom, Herff Jones Education Division. (n.d.). World. Indianapolis, IN: Author.
A 28" x 18" relief map of the world showing the continents (except for Antarctica),
countries, capitals, major cities, and such natural features as rivers, islands, oceans, and
seas. The raised areas of the map emphasize the mountain ranges on different continents.
Oxford Cartographers. (n.d.) Map of the world Peters projection. Oxford, UK: Oxford
Cartographers. (ORDER FROM: ODT Incorporated, P.O. Box 134, Amherst, MA, USA 01004,
The map represents countries accurately according to their surface areas, although land
shapes are distorted. Map can be used to compare size of countries more accurately. *Not
in Polk Library*
Oxford Cartographers. (n.d.). The world turned upside down. Oxford, UK: Oxford
Cartographers. (ORDER FROM: ODT Incorporated, P.O. Box 134, Amherst, MA, USA 01004,
The map is the Hobo-Dyer Equal Area Projection, which shows countries in correct size
in relation to one another and places the southern hemisphere at the top and Africa in the
center. Shapes of land masses are also accurate to about 45 degrees with shapes
progressively flattened at higher latitudes. The Peters Projection is also an equal area
map, but shapes of land masses are less consistent in lower latitudes. *Not in Polk
Russell, G. L. (1998). Map of Indian country. Capital Heights, MD: Williams & Heintz Maps.
The purpose of the map is to present a graphic history of American Indians as they were
displaced by the encroachment of European American civilization. *Not in Polk
Russell, G. L. (2001). Native American reservations (map). Phoenix, AZ: Russell Publications.
The map shows the original homelands of Native nations and current location of Native
nation reservations in different regions within the United States. *Not in Polk Library*
Map’n’facts: Native peoples of North America. (1985). New York: Friendship Press.
This is a two-sided map. One side of the map compares the area of Native American
lands from the past to the lands in 1985. The other side displays where the Native
Americans of today live, different tribes and nations, and languages spoken. *Not in
Rand McNally cosmopolitan series: World. Rand McNally & Company.
This is a mercator map of the world. It illustrates traditional map distortions giving
prominence to the Northern Hemisphere. *Not in Polk Library*
Map of the world down under. Australia: Universial Press.
This map is drawn with the south at the top of the map to illustrate that maps can depict
the world in different orientations rather than privilege the Northern Hemisphere. *Not in
The world Winkel Tripel projection. (2004). Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
The latest National Geographic world map was created by Oswald Winkel in 1921 and it
minimizes shape distortion in the polar areas. It is considered a “compromise” projection,
which achieves some degree of accuracy of shape, but limits land mass area distortion.
“What’s up? South!” world map. (2002). Amherst, MA: ODT.
The map uses a Van der Grinten projection, developed in 1898, but with the southern
hemisphere at the top of the map. The projection distorts the sizes of the continents in the
northern hemisphere. Panels at the bottom of the map describe different map projections,
including Mercator, Peters, Fuller’s Dymaxion, Van Sant, Lenz, and Guelke. *Not in
Wisconsin Geographic Alliance Newsletter
This newsletter is available to all educators at no cost. It suggests resources for teaching
geography. It also contains lesson ideas and plans developed by teachers for all grade
levels. If interested contact WIGA office at (715) 836-5161. *Not in Polk Library*
Professional Books and Journal Articles
Anderson, J. M., Atwal, J., Wiegand, P. & Wood, A. A. (Eds.). (2005). Children map the world:
Selections from the Barbara Petchenik children’s world map competition.
The book is a collection of 100 maps created by children ages five through 15 for the
Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition. It includes award-winning
entries, runners-up, and the editors’ favorites. The editors also suggest how the maps may
be used with children and suggest teachers encourage children to create their own maps.
Berson, M. J., Ouzts, D. T. & Walsh, L. S. (1999). Connecting literature with k-8 national
geography standards. The Social Studies, 90, 85-92.
The article suggests children’s literature and activities for teaching the 18 National
Geography Standards. The books are from the International Reading Association’s list of
children’s and teachers’ choices.
Chicola, N. A. & English, E.B. (1999). Discovering world geography with books kids love.
Golden, CO: Fulcrum Resources.
The text focuses on teaching geography through children’s literature in grades K-6. It
suggests both fiction (picture storybooks, folktales, legends, myths, wordless books, and
chapter books) and nonfiction (concept, alphabet, information books, biographies, and
chapter books). Subject areas include location, topography, climate, and mapping. The
world is divided into different realms, including: European, Russian, North American,
Middle American, South American, North African/Southwest Asian, Subsaharan African,
East Asian, Southeast Asian, Australian, and Pacific Realms with examples of children’s
literature to teach about each realm.
Getskow, V. (1998). Incredible edible geography. Irvine, CA: Thomas Brothers Maps
This teacher resource provides background information on different aspects of
geography, including maps, globes, continents, islands, lakes, ponds, mountains, hills,
oceans, rivers, and streams and activities to simulate these geography elements using
edible products. For example, students can use bread, pound cake, or cookies cut into the
shapes of different continents and use frosting to add main mountain ranges, rivers, or
bodies of water.
Golden, N. (2005). Exploring the United States with the five themes of geography. New York:
Rosen Publishing Group.
The information text briefly describes the absolute and relative location of the U.S. for
the first theme of location; the physical features and human features of the U.S. for the
second theme of place; the natural resources and changes people made to the
environment, including creating water and air pollution for the third theme of human-environmental interaction; different methods of transportation and communication in the
U.S. for the fourth theme of movement; and the eight physical regions and product
regions in the U.S. which constitute the last theme of regions. The text provides
background information on the human and physical geography of the U.S. according to
the five geographic themes.
Julio, S. & Hale, J.G. (1997). Great map mysteries: 18 stories and maps to build geography and
map skills. New York: Scholastic Professional Books.
This book is designed to help students learn the basic of map reading. It provides 18
lessons, which can be used in a traditional classroom setting or in a cooperative learning
Lintner, T. (2003). Using multiple intelligence theory in K-2 geography. Social Studies and the
Young Learner, 16, 20-22.
The article offers suggestions for activities to appeal to eight different intelligences
among young students in order to help them learn geographical concepts. The
intelligences include: musical/rhythmic, intrapersonal, verbal/linguistic, visual/spatial,
bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, naturalistic, and logical/mathematical.
Rogers, L. K. (1997). Geographic literacy through children’s literature. Englewood, CO:
Teacher Ideas Press.
This book is based on the five themes of geography standards developed by Geographic
Education National Implementation Project. Includes bibliography, list of teacher
resources, hands-on activities and grade-level extensions. Focuses on teaching geography
through children’s literature.
Stein, M. (2008). How the states got their shapes. New York: Smithsonian Books.
The author clarifies the reasons for the locations of each state’s boundaries. Each chapter
focuses on each state, in addition to Washington, D. C., and includes the history of the
state boundaries. State borders are the result of colonial boundaries, territorial
acquisitions, wars, treaties, slavery, disputes between states regarding access to
resources, compromises and negotiations between states and Congress, religious
conflicts, natural boundaries, and Congress’s commitment that all states should be equal
Geotoys (n.d.). Geopuzzle: Africa & the Middle East. Neenah, WI: Author.
The 65 puzzle pieces are cut in the shape of African and Middle Eastern countries,
including Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, United
Arab Emirates, and Qatar. Each country’s capital is marked on the puzzle pieces and
nearby bodies of water are noted, such as the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Sea,
Indian Ocean, Mozambique Channel, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Geotoys (n.d.). Geopuzzle: Asia. Neenah, WI: Author.
The 50 puzzle pieces are shaped like the Asian countries. Each country’s capital is listed
on the puzzle piece and bodies of water are included, such as the Arabian Sea, Bay of
Bengal, Indian Ocean, Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, South China Sea, Gulf of Tonkin,
Philippine Sea, Sulu Sea, and Celebes Sea.
Geotoys (n.d.). Geopuzzle: Europe. Neenah, WI: Author.
The 55 puzzle pieces are cut in the shape of European countries and include bodies of
water around Europe, such as the Barents Sea, Norwegian Sea, Baltic Sea, North Sea,
Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, and Black Sea. Each country’s capital is also noted on
the puzzle pieces.
Geotoys (2006). Geopuzzle: Latin America. Neenah, WI: Author.
The 50 puzzle pieces include the countries of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador,
Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, the countries of South America, and the
Caribbean islands. Each country’s puzzle piece is shaped like the country and the capital
is identified as well as the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, Tehuantepec,
and Honduras, and the Caribbean Sea.
Geotoys (2006). Geopuzzle: U.S. & Canada. Neenah, WI: Author.
This 70-piece puzzle depicts the shapes, names, and capitals of the states of the United
States and the Canadian provinces and territories. The puzzle also illustrates the
Hawaiian islands, the Aleutian Islands, and such bodies of water as the Atlantic and
Pacific Oceans, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, Hudson and Baffin Bay, and Labrador and
Geotoys (2009). Geopuzzle: World. Neenah, WI: Author.
The puzzle contains 68 pieces and includes the countries of the world, the Atlantic,
Indian, and the Pacific Oceans, and the Norwegian, Barents, North, Mediterranean,
Black, Red, Caspian, Arabian, and South China Seas. Because so many countries are
included in the puzzle, the creator listed some countries as too small to print their names
on a puzzle piece, including Switzerland, Belgium, and United Arab Emirates.
Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
(1996). Exploring Wisconsin our home. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Educational Communications
A fourteen part instructional series for fourth-grade students that tours the state to show
how centuries of interaction between the state’s physical geography and human activity
have created the Wisconsin they know.
Films for the Humanities. (1996). Japan geography and climate. Princeton, NJ: Films for the
Humanities and Sciences.
This film discusses Japan’s land, cities, transportation, and climate.
Films for the Humanities. (1994). Australia geography and economy. Princeton, NJ:
Films for the Humanities.
This film examines the geography, cities, the outback, farming and mining in Australia.
Films for the Humanities. (1994). Mexico geography and economy. Princeton, NJ: Films for the
This film examines the geography, climate, plants, animals, agriculture and industry of
Glover, K. (Producer and Director). (2004). The geography tutor: The five themes of geography.
Venice, CA: TMW Media Group.
This DVD explains the five themes of geography including: (1) absolute and relative
location; (2) the physical and human characteristics of places; (3) human-environmental
interactions including how the environment affects people, how people adapt to the
environment, and how people change the environment; (4) the movement of people,
goods, and ideas around the world; and (5) regions as defined by climate, landforms, or
National Geographic Society. (1992). Geography: Five themes for planet Earth. Washington,
DC: National Geographic Society.
This program explores each of the five themes of geography –location, place,
human/environment interactions, movement and regions—introducing students to
National Geographic Society. (1989). Physical geography of North America—the East.
Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
This video explores landforms, climate, history of mountains, lakes, and bays, barrier
Islands and the Everglades. The video contains a teacher’s guide.
National Geographic Society. (1989). Physical geography of North America—the Central
lowlands. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
This video explores the Mississippi River, Ohio River, Missouri River, river erosion and
deposition, climate and landscape, and plants and animals of the East. The video contains
a teacher’s guide.
National Geographic Society. (1989). Physical geography of North America—the Northlands.
Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
This video explores the regions of the Northlands. It includes terrain and climate, the
Canadian Shield, and animals and plant life. The video contains a teacher’s guide.
National Geographic Society. (1989). Physical geography of North America—the Pacific edge.
Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
This video explores the change in climate from south to north within the Pacific edge. It
includes discussion of plant life, animal life, and tectonic activity. The video includes a
National Geographic Society. (1989). Physical geography of North America—the Rocky
Mountains. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
This video discusses plant and animal life in relation to elevation within the Rocky
Mountains. It also covers topic areas of glaciers, erosion, and importance of fire to a
healthy forest. This video includes a teacher’s guide.
National Geographic Society. (1989). Physical geography of North America—the Western dry
lands. Washington, DC: National Geographic Society.
This video discusses the three sub-regions of the Western dry lands. Other areas of
discussion include erosion, weathering, landscape, climate, and plants and animals within
the regions. This video comes with a teacher’s guide.
Sunburst Communications. (1998). Discover the world all about globes. Pleasantville, NY:
This video explores latitude, longitude, and land formations. Emphasis is on
understanding how to use the globe. It includes a teacher’s guide as well as worksheets
for students in grades 3-5.
Sunburst Communications. (1998). Discover the world all about maps. Pleasantville, NY:
This video explores latitude, longitude, and land formations. Emphasis is on
understanding how to use maps. It includes a teacher’s guide as well as worksheets for
the students in grades 3-5.
Annotated bibliography list