How to Use a Quick & Easy Printable Geography Glossary

When you learn about geography, you learn about features of the earth.  And a glossary gives you the definition of those words. Better yet, a printable geography glossary gives you what you need to make your own!

But back to geography vocabulary. Some things, like mountains or lakes, are no-brainers.  But there are other words that some adults are even unsure of.  After all, what exactly IS an isthmus anyway?

It’s words like these that bring up the need for a Geography Glossary.

And what better way to get kids really learning new geography words than to have them make their own glossary? That’s when you need a quick & easy printable Geography Glossary.

Just print and go. Now that’s easy. Here’s the lowdown.

Free Printable Geography Glossary

How to Put the Glossary Together

All you need to do is print the Glossary Front Cover for each student to color, plus the number of Term Pages they will need for the year. 

This is the part that requires just a tiny bit of planning. If you want to add a term once a week, print about 34-36 pages for terms, depending on your schedule.  You can easily adjust this number based on what you plan to do for the year.

Keep everything in a small binder or folder, or in the back of their current Geography binder (we call them Travel Journals here at Let’s Go!).

The download includes a list of suggested Geography terms.  Each week, assign a new term for your student(s) to add to their collection. 

Notice the Term Page layout. The Term Pages include a place for them to write the new term, draw a picture illustrating the term, and then write their definition below that.

That’s all there is to it!  And if you keep this as part of your Geography Lesson each week, you will have an impressive glossary by the end of the year!

Geography Glossary Examples

Once you have your glossary assembled, you may want a little help to get started. It’s always easier when someone demonstrates things for you before you venture out on your own.

These blog posts walk you through geography journal entries, step-by-step.

Click on the Geography Term that interests you to find out how to make a glossary page on that term:

Geography Glossary: What is a Butte?

Geography Glossary: Archipelago

Geography Glossary: Antarctica

Free Glossary Printables

Printable Geography Glossary

Click here to get this Geography Glossary packet FREE!  Why are we giving this away?  Well, we want to share with you the types of hands-on projects and creative ideas we have here at Let’s Go Geography.  Our goal is to make Geography fun and engaging for every student.  Check out the Let’s Go Geography curriculum at this link!

>> Here’s the Link to the FREE Geography Glossary packet again. <<


About the Author

Carol Henderson is the author of the Let's Go Geography curriculum. She previously homeschooled all 5 of her now-grown kids, and currently teaches several history and geography classes at a large homeschool co-op. After creating and then using her own geography curriculum for several years, she has published it here to share with you!

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