Below Grade 4

National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers.  Includes detailed maps and information on how to read and use maps.  Also contains facts about the earth’s climate, cultures, and life forms.  Produced by NGS (176pgs.).  Grades 3 – 7


Discovering Globes.  Two filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each.  Introduces basic globe skills.  Discusses similarities between globes and earth, physical and political globes, longitude and latitude, the equator, the poles, night and day, and the seasons.               Grade 3 – 6


The Earth Beneath Your Feet.  Two filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each.  Introduces earth's changing surface -- weathering, erosion, earthquakes, and volcanoes.  Discusses rocks and minerals, how soil forms.            Grade K – 4


Maps and What We Learn From Them.  Three filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each.  Discusses how the round earth is projected onto flat paper.  Students learn about map symbols, coordinates, map legends, and compare early maps to modern maps.  Titles:  Reading Maps, Using Maps, Making Maps.                         Grade 3 – 6


What is a Map?  Two filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each.  Teaches basic map reading skills by describing various components of maps such as perspective, symbols, legends, directions, distance, and scale.  Titles:  Find the Way.  How Near-How Far?                   Grade K – 2


Discovering Maps.  Six minute audiocassettes, 30 booklets, and six activity sheets (which can be copied).  Introduces basic map concepts such as direction, symbols, and map keys.  Children acquire the skills to examine and appreciate their environment from a new perspective.                           Grade K – 2


Earth 2U, Exploring Geography Traveling Trunk.  A traveling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution.  Housed in a large trunk are layers of geographic activities appropriate for elementary classrooms.  Contains videos, CD-ROM, a filmstrip, picture books, maps, thematic grab bags, several cultural artifacts, and more.  Part of the trunk can be turned into a display table.  Best for grades 3-5.  Must be picked up; call VGA office for arrangements.


Our Planet Earth.    12 minute audiocassette, 30 booklets, and six activity sheets (which can be copied).  Examines the diverse features of our planet earth:  oceans, mountains, rivers, etc.  Looks at the variety of life in the air, water, and on land.                                        Grade K – 2


Adventures in Your National Parks.  Includes a teachers' guide and provides an introduction to the national parks of the United States and Canada through the adventures of various young people as they explore Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Everglades, Cape Cod, Pacific Rim Crater Lake, and Grand Canyon - 96 pages.                                                 Grade 2 – 6


Natural Wonders of North America.  Includes a classroom activity folder.  Describes some of the spectacular land formations created by the forces of nature in seven geological regions of North America (pp. 104).                                        Grade 2 – 6


Wildlife Making a Comeback.  Focuses on previously endangered species that have made comebacks and avoided extinction through world efforts towards wildlife conservation.  Includes poster and teacher's guide (pp. 104).                                                    Grade 2 – 6


Polar Prowl.  (40 minutes)  A new National Geographic Kids Video that travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions to find out about polar animals (NGS).            Grade K - 3