Geography Resources, Maps, & Facts for Students

Geography is all around us. It’s what makes countries different’s both in terms of landscape as well as in terms of culture. Geography is the study of where places are, but it’s also the study of who lives in those places, what the places look like, and how those places developed, socially and geologically, into its modern form.

Help kids get interested and excited about geography and about the world they live in with these helpful resources, which include geography games, interactive maps, and fun facts.

Geography Games

  • Kidsgeo: This is a site full of fun, interactive maps. Check out our list below for a sampling.
    • America: Can you drag an outline of a state into its correct position on the map of America?  See how fast you can do it!
    • Africa: Can you place the countries of Africa into their correct spot on the map of the African continent?  Try here!
    • Asia: See how you do with placing the countries of Asia into their correct positions – this may be the hardest map to do!
    • United States: How well do you know the state capitals?  This game tests your ability to pick out the correct state capital from four choices.  You can only fill in the map by choosing the right answer!
  • National Geographic: This site is a fantastic resource for many things geography-related, especially games!
    • GeoBee Training Quiz: See how well you can answer questions from the National Geography Bee!  This game gives you ten questions, which were given to kids around the country in the Geography Bee in 2009.
    • Geography Facts: Try your hand at this game, which gives you ten questions on geographic topics like mountains, rivers, continents, and countries. 
    • GeoSpy: Pretend to be an Agent-In-Training for the Geospy Agency!  This game asks for your help as a spy to correctly identify countries, continents, states, and provinces.
    • Go West Across America With Lewis & Clark:   Remember the Lewis and Clark Expedition in the early 1800s?  This game tests your memory of the facts about their journey across America to the Pacific Ocean. 
  • PlayKidsGames: THis site lets teachers or parents browse kid-friendly educational games based on subject and level.
    • Interactice Maps:   See if you can complete the continent of South America by placing the countries in their correct positions!
    • Geography Name Game: Can you correctly name all of the continents? Give it a try with this game!

Maps of the World

  • YourChildLearns: This is a great resource for maps covering all of the world. You can see maps of continents, geographical regions, countries, states, and more. Check out some of the major maps below.
    • Africa: Learn more about the nearly 50 African countries represented on this map.
    • Asia: Asia is the most populous continent in the world, meaning the it has the most people living there. Check out some of these maps to learn more about Asian countries.
    • Central America & The Caribbean: Check out the 13 countries on this map, like Cuba, Guatemala, and Panama.
    • Europe: This set of maps even has maps of food, travel, and historical sites in some countries.
    • Middle East:
    • North America: While North America is only comprised of a few countries, it is the third largest continent by land mass.
    • Oceania: Oceania covers Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and the South Pacific Islands.
    • South America:

Nature Facts

  • Geography4Kids: Take a look at this website to learn more about the Earth’s structure, the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, BGC cycles, and different types of climate.  Includes quizzes about each topic, as well as photos and drawings to illuminate topics.
  • HarcourtsSchool: Types of land in the United States.  Contains photos of mountains, plains, deserts, and islands, as well as a few facts about each different type.
  • The Earth – Inside Out: This website examines the make-up of the Earth’s landforms, starting from the inside.  It talks about the Earth’s crust, mantel, core, types of rocks, and landforms.
  • The Lithosphere:   Nothing is more basic to the study of geography than the study of what the Earth is actually made of.  This website uses interesting photos, fun facts, and in easy-to-understand tone to explain the geology of Earth. 
  • Woodlands Junior School: This school provides a lot of facts about geography and nature on its website. Check out some of our favorites below.
    • Latitude & Longitude: Interested in learning about Longitude and Latitude?  Check out this website – it has information about what longitude and latitude are, how they change the lengths of days around the world, solstices, equinoxes, and seasons.
    • Mountains: Find out facts about Earth’s mountains.  Includes information about Mt. Everest, each continent’s highest mountain, and links to other mountain-related websites.
    • Rainforests: Check out some facts about rainforests.  Includes information about different types of rainforests, layers of a rainforest, and links to information about rainforest animals and rainforests around the globe.
    • Rivers: Learn about the world’s rivers.  Includes information about why rivers are important, characteristics of rivers, and information about several of the world’s most important rivers.
    • Volcanoes: Learn some interesting facts about volcanoes.  This site includes a lot of information about different types of volcanoes, different types of eruptions, and a helpful glossary of volcano-related terms at the end.

Facts About Countries

  • Geographia: Africa: This site has information on lots of different African countries.  Click on the different links to learn about each country’s “Location, Geography and Climate” and “History and People”.
  • Geographia: Asia: Use this site to learn about Asian countries such as Myanmar, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • GeographyIQ: A great resource for facts about the world’s countries.  Includes a map that you can click on, to learn about basic facts such as population, official languages, currency, map with important cities, as well as a brief history.
  • NationalAnthems: Listen to the national anthems of different countries at this site.  Includes audio clips of the music, lyrics in English, and, for certain countries, the sheet music of the songs. 
  • YahooKids: Countries, Flags, & Maps: Learn the flags of the world with this website.  It has a picture of every country’s flag, listed alphabetically.
  • YahooKids: Currency:   Not every country has dollars as their unit of money like the United States does.  This site lists the national currencies of every country, in an easy-to-read list format.
  • XE: Here’s a currency converter.  See how many Afghanistan Afghanis are in five U.S. dollars (227.625) and other cool conversions.

Geography Sites & Resources

  • EnchantedLearning: A site with a somewhat limited list of countries and continents (Africa, Australia, Antarctica, Brazil, China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S.) but with accessible, interesting information.  Information about each country includes (but is not limited to) topics such as animals, explorers, folk music, crafts, and art.
  • GeographyBee: A website about preparing for the National Geographic Bee.  Includes a list of steps to take in preparation, as well as links to resources about the Geography Bee and geography in general.
  • KidsGeo: A good collection of geography games for kids.  Try your hand at games about state capitals, world capitals, and geography.
  • KidsOLR: A collection of links to other kids-based geography sites (some of which are good, some of which are not).
  • Geographic: A site aimed at teachers.  Contains links to brief essays on questions kids bring up related to geography such as “What is it like?” and “Where is it?” as well as a good glossary of geographic-related terms. 
  • NationalGeographic: A great collection of maps, both of continents as well as countries. 
    NationalGeographicKids: A collection of links to other resources about geography for kids.  Covers topics such as climate, Antarctic wildlife, volcanoes, extreme facts about nature, global languages, and much more. 
  • NationalGeographicKids: A website devoted to the animals of the world.  Comes with a printable coloring book of animals.
  • NetState: A compilation of U.S. state’s histories.  Has a section for each state that includes photos, current weather, state nicknames, the state flag, history about the state quarter, and a brief history of the state itself.

Other Fun Geography Stuff

  • Adherents: A website about religion across the world.  Check out facts about how many people practice the top 22 religions, definitions of different religions, and a great pie chart representing the global breakdown of believers.
  • BitofFun:   This is a fun list of geography trivia.  Includes fun facts, including ones such as Hawaii is the only state in America that cultivates coffee and the country with the highest number of post offices is India, which has 280, 181.
  • KidsGeo:   Learn about maps, and about how maps help us understand the world better.  Includes photos, pictures, different types of maps (going all the way up to aerial maps!), and how maps help geographers.
  • Maps4Kids: A list of the world’s “Top Tens”: the top ten highest mountains, longest rivers, biggest lakes, most populous countries, etc.
  • NationalGeographic:   National Geographic has a photo of the day section on its website. 
  • Unesco: A list of all the UNESCO World Heritage sites around the globe.  For each site there are pictures, facts, and links to other resources.  The World Heritage sites are organized by country.
  • VistaWide: Check out some facts about languages across the world at this website.  Contains many different types of fun facts about all of the languages (6,912) spoken by people across the world.

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