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The world we live in

These reading, writing and labelling activities help pupils learn about the cities, countries and continents of our planet. Worksheets introduce key geographical concepts and vocabulary you won't find in standard young learners EFL materials.

Young learners study a globe

The Canaries. The Amazon. The Pyranees. Rivers. Mountains. Islands. Trees. Climate change and vegetation. Facts on worldwide population!

FREE 'try before you buy' geography resources: symbols on maps, deserts and rainforests.

Inside The world we live in

  • Countries in Europe

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    A lesson plan that consolidates the names of eight countries in the European Union by asking pupils to colour and label flags then label a map. Includes project ideas.

  • Describing a country: Spain

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    Teaches the geographical features of Spain and other key facts about the country, including its currency and capital city.

  • People and their environment: Rivers

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    A lesson plan with matching and true/false exercises to teach about the course of a river and review the present simple tense.

  • The weather and the four seasons

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    A lesson plan for pupils to use the present continuous to describe the weather and practise vocabulary for the months, the seasons and clothes.

  • Human intervention on landscapes

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    A lesson plan for colouring-in and classifying activities, introducing the notion that humans can change the landscape by building houses, bridges and roads. Encourages pupils to distinguish between what is natural in their environment and what has been shaped by human intervention.

  • Spain: Rivers

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    In this lesson plan, students read texts and practise forming sentences while learning about river ecosystems and geography.

  • Maps

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    This lesson plan helps young learners distinguish left from right, learn to read maps and practise everyday vocabulary. Pupils use directions to draw playground objects on a map and identify the position of objects in relation to one another.

  • Scale and map coordinates

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    After completing this worksheet pupils will be more familiar with working with maps, understanding cardinal points and proportional scales. Two exercises encourage pupils to label a map based on given coordinates and predict where six children are going. Includes project ideas.

  • People and their environment: Cities

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    This lesson plan teaches the main features of cities and the present simple tense.

  • Comparing calendars: Spain and Australia

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    In this lesson plan, pupils examine school calendars for Spain and Australia in order to understand the consequences of seasonal differences on the yearly school timetable. Includes true/false exercise and comprehension-check questions.

  • Spain: Climate and mountains

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    A lesson plan with information-gap and mapping exercises on Spain’s different climate types and principal mountain ranges.

  • Landscape transformation

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    In this lesson plan, pupils learn about the effect of the wind and the sea on the landscape. They see how a cliff is formed by the pounding of waves and how stones and rocks are broken down to make the sand on a beach.

  • Symbols on maps

    Type: General lesson plan

    A labelling activity familiarises pupils with the common icons and geographical symbols found on maps, while consolidating vocabulary such as: church, museum, monument and bus stop. Pupils then describe their route to school using prepositions of movement.

  • Spain: Vegetation

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    A lesson plan with reading and writing activities on the many types of trees that grow in Spain and their impact on the environment and economy.

  • Deserts and rainforests

    A lesson plan with information-gap and word-ordering exercises on the Amazon rainforest and Sahara desert ecosystems.

  • Map reading

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    Helps young learners develop map-reading skills and spatial awareness. Pupils use a grid map and cardinal directions to measure distances and find places in a town. Teacher’s notes provide step-by-step instructions and suggestions for additional map-reading exercises and classroom activities.

  • Recognising symbols and abbreviations used in IT

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    This worksheet includes three matching and labelling activities to teach useful verbs and nouns often used when talking about computers e.g. ’cut’, ’copy’, ’paste’, ’screen’, ’printer’, ’keyboard’, etc. as well as the symbols that represent them.

  • The UK and capital cities in Europe

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    Through engaging map-labelling activities pupils name the major capital cities of the European Union and the countries and cities that make up the United Kingdom.

  • Marine food chains

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    This lesson plan is suitable for pupils already familiar with ecosystems and food chains. Pupils label pictures of sea creatures, compare land food chains with sea food chains and colour a picture of sea creatures according to whether they are producers, primary consumers or secondary consumers. Includes project ideas.

  • Spain: Endangered species

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    This lesson plan teaches students about wolves, lynxes and other endangered animals, and highlights the importance of protecting the environment.

  • People and their environment: Mountains

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    In this lesson plan, pupils learn the main features of mountains and key vocabulary words such as ‘climate’ and ‘vegetation’.

  • Properties of materials

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    In this lesson plan, pupils match adjectives such as ’strong’, ’flammable’, ’transparent’ and ’waterproof ’ to their definitions. A chart activity asks them to tick the characteristics of common materials. Gap fill exercises consolidate vocabulary and concepts learnt. Includes project ideas.

  • Houses, materials and environments

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    In this lesson plan, pupils match pictures of materials to the correct labels, complete describing sentences with the correct materials and match houses to the correct weather conditions.

  • Location

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    In this lesson plan, pupils pinpoint objects from an aerial view, and draw and compare their own aerial map using a text description. Improves map-reading skills and reinforces vocabulary words for familiar places such as ‘library’, ‘classroom’ and ‘park’.

  • The Earth: Air and water

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    A lesson plan to teach pupils about the Earth’s atmosphere and hydrosphere.

  • Time zones around the world

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    This lesson plan has a challenging activity in which pupils label pictures of the Earth according to which parts are in sunlight at midday. They then examine a map and answer questions about different time zones in different parts of the USA. Includes step-by-step teacher guidance and project ideas.

  • Human habitats

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    By meeting children from Mongolia, Greenland, Shanghai and Chile, pupils learn how the houses we live in reveal key information about our environment in this lesson plan. Key vocabulary includes: igloo, ger, skyscraper and farmhouse.

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