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Resources for Learning - Years 4-7



bullet Google Maps
bullet Interactive World Map - fast facts about all the world's countries.  And check out all of Mr Nussbaum's interactive maps
bullet Online Interactive Maps -  see your world
bullet Geography for kids - Chapter 2 :Describing our planet - and this is done best with maps! Learn all about them.
bullet Maps - National Geographic
bullet Queensland Place Names - Where do our local names come from? What do they mean?
bullet Maps of Australia
bullet Virtual Globe
bullet Early maps of Australia


bullet Scribble Map - Mash-up tool for making custom maps from Google maps. Add text, images, markers, overlays. Can be exported as .jpg for use in reports, presentations, on IWBs!
bullet BBC Landscapes : Map Skills
bullet Mapmaker Interactive
bullet Latitude and Longitude Map Game
bullet Test yourself reading a compass -
bullet Traveller IQ - Challenging
bullet Traveller IQ game -  A little easier, but still difficult



Resources for Teaching

bullet Google For Educators - Geo Education - Learn how to use My Maps to map an excursion, mark local landmarks, to take a virtual walk around the setting of a famous event or story.  Many uses for Google Maps, Google Earth. 
bullet Latitude and Longitude
bullet Teaching map reading skills
bullet Active Mapping : Conference paper on teaching Primary School mapping skills
bullet Primary/Secondary Mapping skills unit - Series of lessons on mapping skills
bullet How to teach young children to use the compass



Animaps - extends the My Maps feature of Google Maps by letting you create maps with markers that move, images and text that pop up on cue, and lines and shapes that change over time. Imagine an animated map of the journey in Alison Lester's "Are we there yet?"


Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before - a collection of nearly 700 world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the comparative data on the subject of interest.


Virtual compass - download or run online this map compass simulator. Load maps and show kids how to use a compass


Owl & Mouse : Megamaps - Print outline maps in various sizes small to very large.


Geoscience Australia Classroom Resources - Some maps are free downloads


Make a Pirate's Treasure Map


Online Geography Games - interactive maps on all parts of the world for country names and capitals. Similar interactive on geographic regions of countries  with a corresponding quiz.


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