Hi Marcy Ann -
Welcome to the GEC! I hope you'll consider volunteering at our online conference in November. There's a group here for interested people: http://globaleducation.ning.com/group/2011globaleducationconference....
Please let me know if you have any questions,
There are so many wonderful interactive geography games my students loved to play!
Look at the second grade social studies links for geography games that I put on the school website I used to teach at:
Here are some geography sites that you can look at:
These maps may be printed and copied for personal or classroom use:
This site is all about China, geography and every aspect of culture:
A kid-friendly multicultural site:
You-Tube has amazing songs about geography that my kids loved to watch and sing.
This is only one example:
I love the fact that you are pairing up with older kids! I developed a continent unit. Groups of students had a continent of choice and in flexible reading groups, they read non-fiction books and atlases about their continent to find factual information, landmarks, what people can do in that continent, etc. Each group made a BIG Map of the Continent from an overhead projector and pasted their "facts" and pictures. All 7 continents were hanging out in the hall with riddles the kids wrote about their continents.
From there, we studied countries in the continents.
Good luck with the unit!
I'm so sorry Marcy... Last week got away from me way too quickly. I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you so much for this amazing list of resources. I really appreciate all your help and suggestions. Looking forward to how this project goes! Have a great week.