KIDS & TEENS: WELCOME
You might not know it, but you're already a global citizengeography
is a part of your everyday life. Find out how with the list below,
then download your own Action
Kit and check out More to Explore for Kids
and Teens for links to great games,
activities, and more. Get started!
Geography Is 10 Cool Things
1. It's big.
It's more than maps. Geography's about knowing what's
where, why it's there, and why it matters. Knowing geography
will make your life more interesting, more exciting, and more fun.
Geography opens doors. Get it.
2. It's out there.
Geography is near AND far. It's in your backyard and across the globe. Get to know your community and the people in it, and plan trips with your family to new places you've never been. Want to go overseas someday? Get a passport. Learn a new language and check out foreign exchange and other study-abroad programs for students. Travel the world virtually. Read stories from world travelers.
3. It's what you know.
How's your Global IQ? Test
it, then try to outsmart GeoSpy
and the GeoBee
Challenge. If you're in fourth through eighth grade, you can
compete in the National Geographic Bee.
what you listen to.
Regions have rhythms, and the sounds you like may echo cultures
a world away. National Geographic, the
Smithsonian, and iTunes
are all good places to look for great new world music.
5. It's what you eat.
Ever explored the world with a fork and a spoonor with chopsticks?
When you eat out, visit restaurants that serve ethnic foods. Find
the region your food is from on a map
when you get home. Try ethnic recipes and cook an international
meal for your friends and family.
what you buy.
Everything comes from somewhere. A walk through the mall or the
grocery store can be a journey around the world. What's in
your closet? Your kitchen? Your living room? What are you wearing
right now? Check the labels. Find out where things come from and
how they got here.
what you do.
Slap a map up on your wall. Or get a Global Positioning System (GPS)
unit and take part in the game of geocaching
It's high-tech, real-life treasure hunting—locating items
hidden around the world by other gamers.
8. It's academic.
When you get to pick your classes, choose ones that have "geography"
in their titles or focus on learning about the world. Choose research
topics that let you learn about exotic places and geographic
issues like cultural differences and environmental challenges. And
sign up for the AP
Human Geography class.
9. It's your future.
Geography can take you anywhere and everywhere. One of the hottest
fields now is Geographic
Information Systems. And it's about understanding and tackling challenges—globally and close to home.
Check out this Geography
Career Guide for more. When applying to college, make sure to
choose ones that offer geography courses and a major. (Here's
You know how important geography is. Now make sure your teachers,
parents, and friends aren't out of the loop. Point them toward MyWonderfulWorld.org
so they can get geography, too.