Challenge 1-Mapping It Out

MAPPING IT OUT! The first phase in geographic literacy is laying the groundwork. The foundation we will build upon is a political, physical, and landmarks map. Please choose whether or not you want to use docs, spreadsheets or slides to help you keep track of your work and learning.  It is advisable for you to make your own copy of these documents or print them out so you can track your progress/learning as you go.  Many students add photos/images to the slides, make comments on the documents or strikethrough what they've learned on the spreadsheets.  Feel free to adjust this process to your own learning style to maximize both your efficiency and learning.  Click on the following list(s) to begin your study of a specific region.

Documents
The Americas
Europe
Africa
Southwest and South Asia
Southeast and East Asia, Australia, and Oceania
North Asia

Spreadsheets- All Regions (use the tabs at the bottom to navigate)
The Americas
Europe
Africa
Southwest and South Asia
Southeast and East Asia, Australia, and Oceania
North Asia

Slides
The Americas
Europe
Africa
Southwest and South Asia
Southeast and East Asia, Australia, and Oceania
North Asia

Now that you know what you will map, let's look at how you will map it.  You can either print out political outline maps for the continents or save the outlines digitally- whatever works best for you.  Googling "Outline Map" and the continent name should give you plenty of options.  www.worldatlas.com is also a good resource for lots of mapping needs.  If you specifically want to print out outline maps- http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/testmaps/maps.htm is where you want to go.

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If you would like help with capital study, these sheets should serve you well.

The Americas
Europe
Africa
Asia

There are plenty of songs like this one to help you learn geography if you dig a bit on youtube.  After you've done all of the countries and capitals, the next step will be for you to do a physical features map.  Be sure to put the features in their exact location on earth.  After that you'll create a new map for the landmarks in the regions.  If you choose to use icons, it may help you remember the landmarks better.  If you are doing digital maps, then you may want to make a picture of the actual landmark.

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