What We’re Using for High School Geography

Antique globes in an old-fashioned room

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Geography seems to have developed a bad reputation.

It’s dry . . . it’s boring . . . it’s too hard to remember.

But really, geography doesn’t have to be dry or boring at all! In fact, the right resources can make geography fun, interesting, and memorable for high school students.

What We’re Using for High School Geography

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North Star Geography

As I began planning high school geography for my tenth-grade daughter, I knew I had to find something different than what the older boys had used.

We settled on North Star Geography, the brand new high school geography curriculum from Bright Ideas Press. This has quickly become my favorite geography resource ever!

The clean layout and conversational writing style make the textbook appealing . . . and yes, truly interesting.

I love that everything needed for the course is included in the Companion Guide:

  • Note-taking pages
  • Memorization lists
  • Maps
  • Quizzes and tests
  • Graphic organizers

Online map puzzles

Map puzzles may sound like an overly simplistic learning tool for high school, but I have found that these online map puzzles from Owl and Mouse are excellent for all ages.

A wide variety of map puzzles are available, including maps of the world continents, Europe, Asia, the provinces of China, U.S. states and capitals, and many more.

Screenshot of free online map puzzles

Related reading

Because my daughter is an avid reader, I always try to include extra reading materials for her wherever possible. I would really like to find a good selection of books that bring the details of other cultures to life . . . but I’m drawing a blank.

What books would you recommend to complement high school geography studies? Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

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  1. I always love to hear what you and family are doing. Your a blessing to so many home-schoolers out there! This year we are using The Visit series by Simply Charlotte Mason. We are studying North America this year and are using two main books as a resource and so far we LOVE them. They are Material World and Hungry Planet, both books by Peter Menzel. The books were a little pricey but, you use the books with all 7 “Visits”. So, if you do one “visit ” a year like we are you will use the books for 7 years and then again with multiple children. Have blessed school year and again, Thank you for sharing. Tracy

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Tracy! I had never heard of any of the books you mentioned, but I will definitely look into them. Thanks for sharing your suggestions! 🙂

  2. I loved around the world 80 days. It would be fun to “follow” the trip on a map!

    1. Judy Hoch says:

      Great idea, Annie–thanks for the tip!