Using Current Events To Teach Geography

Teaching Geography

Using Current Events To Teach Geography

It is actually very simple to use current events to teach geography to your home learners. In fact, this may be something that you are already doing in your family. If not, I thought I would share what we do and give you a few resources to help you in case you decide this is something you want to explore with your kids.

Map Of The World

You will need a map of the world.

For Our Latest Project, I Used These:

Locate Where You Live

As a point of reference for your kids, locate where you live first and then build out from there.

Identify Where The Event Is Taking Place

After you have located where you live, identify where the current event is taking place. You may first need to choose an event if there are many events happening all at once like there are right now. Or you might want to consider identifying where several events are taking place all at once and how they may or may not relate to or affect each other.

Here Are Some Questions To Ask

  • How far away is the current event?
  • Does it directly affect you?
  • Does it or will it indirectly affect you?

Encourage Your Kids To Think About The Bigger Picture

It is important to help your kids think about about the bigger picture. This is where you may need to help them think outside the box. There is more to life in their cozy home with their technology and comforts. Things like food, electricity, and salvation all matter more than the latest trick they learned on mine craft.

Current Events

Here are some events that have happened recently or are in the process of happening:

Questions For You

  • How are you using current events to teach geography?
  • What else are you teaching using current events?


Learning about the earthquakes and hearing about the tsunami warnings prompted us to learn more about tsunamis.

Here are some websites we found:

We are currently following the Hawaiian tsunami information on CNN.

Leave your thoughts and comments.


The recent earthquakes and the tsunami warnings have prompted some learning on the fly around our house. We were interested as a family to discover more information.

Our first question was, “What type of earthquake was it?” So we went to Google to discover the answer. There were lots of resources, but this was the most specific.

What type of earthquake hit Chile?

Armed with the above information, we searched for more details about that type of earthquake. Here is a web page that explains the various types of earthquakes.

Plate Tectonics

If you want to take a bit of time and study earthquakes in more detail, you can check out the resources below:

More information about the Chilean earthquake:

Massive earthquake hits Chile, 147 dead

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