Grades 4 - 8

Atlas of North America - Space Age Portraits of a Continent.  Shows our amazingly varied continent through the skillful marriage of cartography and remote sensing.  Traditional physical and political maps are juxtaposed with satellite images and descriptive text (pp. 264).  Grade 4 – Adult


Historical Atlas of the United States.  Published by the National Geographic Society on its 100th birthday.  This high quality reference guide contains maps, photographs, illustrations and interpretive graphs depicting a historical geography of the United States.  Every two pages is a self-standing lesson.  Topics range from climate and geology to immigration and the development of agriculture and industry.                                                           Grade 4 - Adult

Note:  The VGA has obtained 15 copies of this valuable resource so that teachers may borrow multiple copies for class use.  Due to weight constraints, multiple copies cannot be mailed.  However, arrangements can be made for you to pick up a set for the four-week loan period.

National Geographic Atlas of the World, seventh edition.  This comprehensive atlas contains topical maps of the world, regional political reference maps, close-up maps of major urban areas, written profiles of each country plus 150,000 place-name index (pp. 134 plus complete index).                        Grade 4 – Adult


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


Exploring Mexico.  CD-ROM two-disc set designed specifically for classroom use by the Utah Geographic Alliance.  Disc one contains a multicultural, interactive program intended to introduce teachers and students to Mexico through visual and textual information.  Disc two is a resource filled with useful materials that can be used to create impressive presentations or student projects.  Easy to use and adaptable to many grade levels.  Macintosh and Windows compatible.


Material World.  "One of the best CD-ROMs on the market."  Thirty families from around the world are photographed in front of their house with all their belongings.  Voice, item lists, there answers to a 70-item questionnaire, and even notes from the photojournalist who visited them, are all packed on this disc.  This CD-ROM is truly amazing for students of all ages. For Macintosh computers and require 4 megabytes of RAM, 256 color monitor, and sound board.


Small Blue Planet: Real Picture World Atlas.  Contains serial satellite images of the world from a variety of viewpoints.  An excellent additional feature is the language option:  clock on a place and hear their local greeting (and about 15 phrases) in the local language (or languages).  For Macintosh computers and require 4 megabytes of RAM, 256 color monitor, and sound board.


Small Blue Planet: The Cities Below.  Takes you eight miles above the planet to see the cities of North America.  Maps and aerial photographs are intertwined in a most interesting way.  For Macintosh computers and require 4 megabytes of RAM, 256 color monitor, and sound board.


Earth’s Climate: Picture Show.  The NGS uses pictures to enliven basic concepts in science and social studies.  The program asks two main questions, “What is climate?” and “Why does climate change?”  System requirements: Either a Mac 7.1 or higher and 8Mb of RAM, or Windows 95 and at least 16Mb of RAM.  Grades 4-9.


South Carolina Interactive Geography.  Produced by the South Carolina Geographic Alliance, this CD focuses on the present day and historical geography of the state.  System requirements:  Windows.  Grades 4 – 12


A Topographic Field Trip of Washington D.C.  Uses topographic maps for an interactive tour of Washington.  System Requirements:  At least 8Mb of RAM, system 7 or greater, and a Mac compatible CD-ROM drive.  Middle School Level


Topo:  Interactive Maps, Vermont and the Green Mountains.  Provides a complete and seamless set of 7.5 USGS topographic maps for Vermont.  System Requirements:  Windows 3.1 or higher, 4Mb of RAM minimum, 8-bit color monitor and 2x CD-ROM drives.  Grades 4+ with supervision


US Regional Geography: Southeast Picture Show.  The NGS uses pictures to describe the region’s physical geography, how it has influenced settlement patterns, an the way people have changed the region’s environment.  System requirements:  Mac or Windows, at least 8 Mb of RAM.  Grades 4 – 9


US Regional Geography: Southwest Picture Show.    The NGS uses pictures to provide a general introduction to the physical and cultural geography of the Southwest.  System Requirements: same as above.  Grades 4 – 9


The Westward Movement Picture Show.  The NGS uses pictures to follow explorers, pioneers, and settlers as they blaze a trail from the original 13 colonies.  System Requirements: Mac or Windows 2.0 or better.  Grades 4 – 9

Ancient Cities: A Geographic Perspective.  Four filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each.  Identifies three ancient cities from each of four areas.  Describes early settlements growing into cities, the importance of climate, water, and land, and identifies unique contributions of ancient civilizations.  Cities of Africa, Americas, Asia, and Europe.   Grade 6 - 9


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


Geography of Europe, Part I, Northern Europe.  One film, 17 minutes.  Depicts architecture, industry, customs, and life in the cities and countryside.  Major topographical features discussed.  Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland.                                  Grade 6 - Adult

Geography of Europe, Part II, Western Europe.  Three films, 17 minutes each.  Covers United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, and Monaco.  Grade 6 - Adult


Geography of Europe, Part III, Central Europe.  Three films, 17 minutes each.  Covers Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary.     Grade 6 - Adult


Geography of Europe, Part IV, Southern Europe.  Three films, 17 minutes each.  Covers the Balkan Countries, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.            Grade 6 - Adult

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


More Than Maps:  A Look at Geography.  Three filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each.  Discusses basic principles and topics in geography and how geography helps people in their jobs.  Titles:  What is Geography?  Geography and the World Around You.  Geography at Work.            Grade 5 - 12

Our Ever Changing Earth.  Two filmstrip cassettes, 15 minutes each.  Explains how plate tectonics work, how volcanoes, rifts, faults, and earthquakes develop, how mountains form, weathering and erosion.  Titles:  Plate Tectonics -- An Introduction.  Changing the Earth's Surface.                                    Grade 4 - 9


Portraits of the Continents, Part I, North and South America.  Two filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each.  Discusses physical geography of each continent and focuses on major physiographic regions:  Western Mountains, the Canadian Shield, the Appalachian Mountains, the Coastal Plain, Pacific Coastlands, the Andes, and Eastern Highlands.            Grade 4 - 9

Portraits of the Continents, Part II, Australia, Antarctica.    Two filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each.  Discusses Australia's physical regions:  Western Plateau, Central Lowlands, and Great Dividing Range.  Discusses how Antarctica's Trans Antarctic Mountains divide the continent and explains glaciers, ice shelves, and dry valleys.                        Grade 4 - 9


Portraits of the Continents, Part III, Africa, Asia, Europe.  Three filmstrip cassettes, 16 minutes each.  Discusses major physical regions of the three continents.            Grade 4 - 9


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.


Habitat: Realm of the Tiger Resource Kit.  Produced by NGS and correlated to the national standards in geography, science, and math, this kit introduces students to the complex life history of one of the world's grandest organisms:  the tiger.  Focusing on tigers in a contextual basis, the kit's activities provide students with engaging interdisciplinary lessons that explore larger issues of ecological importance.  Includes 40 transparencies, 100-page teacher's guide, two videos, handouts, three posters and a set of trivia cards.                                                    Grade 5 - 9

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


Amazing Animals of Australia.  Includes a classroom activities folder and describes the continent's unique animals and helping them survive in the outback, scrub-land, sea, shore, rain forest, woodland, and on the island of Tasmania (pp. 104).                                    Grade 4 - 8

America's Ancient Cities.  The rise of settled villages and the growth of towns and cities were two of the most important developments in human history.  This book presents current archaeological views on a variety of permanent settlements in pre-Columbian North America, from small villages in Alaska to major urban centers in Mesoamerica (pp. 200).            Grade 6 - Adult


Emerald Realm: Earth's Precious Rainforest.  Discusses the diversity of plant and animal life in the rainforests of the world, why they are vital to our existence, and that rainforests are increasingly imperiled today (pp. 200).       Grade 5 - Adult

Exploring Our Living Planet.  Describes the earth as a body in motion, alive, and ever changing.  The quest for discovering how to predict the earth's convulsions as well as how to better harness the great energy inside is presented in categories of "Spreading," "Hotspots," "Slipping," and "Collision" (pp. 366).                        Grade 6 - Adult


Exploring Your World.  A general encyclopedia of physical and human geography containing 334 alphabetically arranged entries and more than 1000 illustrations, including photographs, maps and charts (pp 608).                                    Grade 4 - Adult

Grand Canyon Country.  Two billion years of the earth's story is revealed in the layers of rock and fossils exposed by the Colorado River's 277 mile gash into Arizona's red rock country.  Probes the canyon's history and people (pp. 200).                                    Grade 5 - Adult


The Great Southwest.  Describes the special qualities that are unique to this part of the United States due to the influences of ancient Indian cultures, the Conquistadors, soldiers, trappers, and cowboys as well as pioneers of today (pp. 200)              Grade 5 - Adult


Living on the Earth.  Describes living in:  Arid Lands, the Arctic, on Islands, with Forests, on Grasslands, by Rivers, in Highlands, and on Coasts (pp. 320).            Grade 6 - Adult

Mountain Adventure: Exploring the Appalachian Trail.  Explores the history, flora, fauna, human population, and terrain of this 2,100 mile trail between Maine and Georgia (pp. 200).            Grade 5 - Adult


Mountain Worlds.  When plates collide, the thin skin of Earth is thrust up, creating mountains from the wreckage.  The effects mountains have on our climate, history, and human activity is examined by looking at the major mountain ranges on Earth (pp. 320).            Grade 6 - Adult


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

Nature's World of Wonders.  Five seasoned explorers take journeys to all seven continents in search of nature's wonders.  They bring to the reader an understanding that nature is complex and simple, powerful and delicate, and fleeting and enduring (pp. 200).            Grade 5 - Adult


New England: Land of Scenic Splendor.  The roots of New England, the variety of the landscape, the cities and culture and its multifaceted people are the topic of this regional book (pp. 200).            Grade 5 - Adult


Our Fifty States.   A pictorial atlas of the United States featuring regional maps, photographs and textual information about each of the fifty states.  (264 pgs)     Grades 4 – 8

Our World.  A pictorial atlas that helps children to understand global economics, population, and hunger problems, and the need for international care of the environment.  Each country is explored through maps, photos, and textual descriptions.  (256 pages)  Grades 4 - 8

Secret Corners of the World.  Glimpses of six faraway places portraying lands and people off the beaten tracks of the world:  The Marquesas, Afghanistan, Tierra del Fuego, The Santa Martas, Alpujarras, and Ruwenzori mountains (pp. 200).                                    Grade 7 – 12


Surprising Lands Down Under.  Describes the peoples of Australia and New Zealand, both native and of British descent (pp. 200).                                    Grade 7 – 12

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


The World's Wild Shores.  Wild coastlines in untrammeled areas in five major climate zones are explored (pp. 200).                                    Grade 5 - 12

Water Champs: Water Quality in the Champlain Drainage Basin.  The Champlain Basin provides the context for a 4-5 week study unit on human impacts on watersheds.  Includes an on-going stream monitoring component (pp. 85).                                    Grade 5 – 9

Africa: Continent of Contrasts.  (35 minutes) Highlights of the continent’s major physical geography, diversity of peoples and cultures, history and forms of livelihood.  Emphasizes contrasts between major environmental zones.  Produced by EVN.  Grades 4-9.

Celebrating Cajun Culture.  (20 mins) A brief look at the origins and traditions of Cajun culture in southern Louisiana.  Produced bur EVN.  Grades 4 –9.


Introducing China.  (28 minutes)  Gives a brief overview of major geographic regions and history of China.  EVN Production.  Grades 7 – 12


India: Land of Spirit and Mystique.  (55 minutes)  Explores the different cultures, landscapes and religions of India.  Also contains a brief history of the subcontinent.  EVN production.  Grades 7 – 12

Mapping Your World.  (17 minutes)  A cartographer introduces many types of maps, from mental maps to star charts.  The student is shown how to interpret different types of maps, locate places, determine distances and direction, and to think of maps as research tools (NGS) Grade 4 - 6


North America - Physical Geography Series.  (Each: 20 minutes [approximately])  Topics for each region examined include:  landforms, climate and vegetation, historical settlement, special characteristics, and sub regions.  Produced by NGS.                                    Grade 4 - 9             Regions Include: Central Lowland, East , Northlands , Pacific Edge , Rocky Mountains, Western Dry lands

Physical Geography of the Continents Series.  (Each: 25 minutes [approximately])  Topics for each continent examined include:  relative location, major physical features, patterns of climate, vegetation and wildlife, and human impacts.  Produced by NGS.   Grade 4 - 9     Regions Include: Africa , Antarctica Asia Australia , Europe , South America  

The Rain Forest: Treasure House of Biodiversity.  (28 minutes)  Excellent visual coverage and narration of the location and types of rain forests, their ecology, physical structure, and delicate nutrient balance.  Includes reproducible copy of objectives and study questions/answers.  Produced by EVN.            Grade 7 - 12


Reflections on Water.  (13 minutes)  This documentary examines the nature and geography of water, its uses and misuses by humans, and the need for conservation.  Produced by EVN.            Grade 5 - 9

Rivers of Life: Bangladesh.  (10 minutes)  Brief photo essay on the land and people of Bangladesh and the struggle for economic development.  Includes teaching guide.  Produced by the World Bank.                                      Grade 7 - 12


River Song: A Natural History of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon.  (40 minutes)  A beautifully filmed look at the Grand Canyon, its ecology, geology, early exploration, ancient cultures, and alteration by Glenn Canyon dam.  Includes a rafting segment tracing Powell's early voyage and observations.  Produced by Grand Canyon Natural History Association.            Grade 6 - 12

Tropical Kingdom of Belize.  (60 minutes)  Explores the diverse natural environment and wildlife of the tiny Central American country of Belize, from Maya Mountain's habitat to lowland tropical rainforest, coastal lagoons, and off-short coral reef (NGS).            Grade 4 - 12


United States Geography Series.  Each video approx. 25 mins.  Each video explores a major region of the US.  Produced by NGS.  Grades 4-9.  Video titles include: The Great Lakes States, The Mid-Atlantic States , The Mountain States , The Pacific Coast States, and The Upper South

Video Travel Library Series: Video Visits.  (each approximately 50 minutes)  Narrated visits that focus on each country's physical and human landscapes/regions, people, culture, and history.  Produced by EVN.                                    Grade 7 - 12 Videos include:  Argentina: Land of Natural Wonder , Japan: The Island Empire            Puerto Rico , and Vietnam: Land of the Ascending Dragon


Women of Saudi Arabia.  (15 minutes)  A female NGS staffer on assignment in Saudi Arabia gains knowledge and insights on Saudi cultural behavior and norms.  Produced by NGS.            Grade 7 - 12