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Elementary Geography Apps and Websites

Geography helps elementary students better understand the world, its relationships and systems, and what their place is in it. In turn, students develop crucial systems-thinking skills, essential content knowledge about people, places, and processes, and nurture truly global perspectives that offer kids important, humbling context. These great geography apps and websites help foster these skills, leaning on interactivity and engagement to grab kids' attention, let them explore, and nurture the next generation of global citizens.

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Ansel and Clair's Adventures in Africa

Find lions, giraffes, and a robot (oh my!) in this fab app adventure

Bottom line: Highly engaging way for kids to discover Africa's fascinating animals and ecosystems.

Homes by Tinybop

Explore homes -- and cultures -- around the world in exquisite detail

Bottom line: Offers a delightful and accessible way for kids to learn about the world's cultures.

One Globe Kids - Friends Around the World

Beautiful photos and stories build cultural knowledge, self-awareness

Bottom line: Beautiful photos and high-quality audio add to this amazing cultural and social learning experience.


Maps and more in this vast history, geography, and civics resource

Bottom line: A well-rounded selection of helpful classroom and research materials; better organization would help kids navigate the site with ease.

Barefoot World Atlas

Visually stunning 3-D globe piques students' interest in world facts

Bottom line: Dive right in to world geography with a beautiful, interactive globe full of narratives and photos of different cultures and traditions.

National Geographic Kids

Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife

Bottom line: This amazing collection of multimedia resources teaches kids about animals, habitats, countries, and cultures.

Stack the Countries

A whole world of facts, maps, and fun waiting to be stacked

Bottom line: Kids learn about the world through easy-to-use flashcards and exciting stacking games.

Stack the States

Jenga-style balance game motivates learning facts about states

Bottom line: Sharp-looking and engaging game coupled with flashcards motivates kids to memorize states and capitals.

Wizard School

Curated videos and creative challenges ignite active learning

Bottom line: There's plenty of material to inspire kids to embark on learning adventures that get them to explore, create, and share safely on the screen and off.

National Geographic Education

Explore the fascinating, wide world with multimedia resources

Bottom line: It's a wonderful resource for anyone looking to learn more about science, geography, ecology, current events -- basically, the world we live in.

Intro to Geography - North America, by Montessorium

From Canada to Cuba, learn the shapes, names, and flags of N. America

Bottom line: Kids become familiar with maps of North America as they learn about its countries and flags.


Kids travel the world, cultivate global curiosity and responsibility

Bottom line: Kids get a sense of culture and global responsibility via kid-friendly articles and great multimedia.

Discovery VR

Immersive videos let students enter the magical world of VR

Bottom line: VR videos will grab the viewer's attention; just be sure to carefully select the content for your class.


Fire up the warp drive to bring VR field trips to your classroom

Bottom line: With stunning scenes and a flexible delivery method, your students will thank you for journeying together through space and time.


Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom

Bottom line: A safe communication system and excellent learning materials help create a global youth community.


Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics

Bottom line: Cartoon videos in this extensive collection break down ideas in clever and thoughtful ways.

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