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Spell Common Geographical Terms 2

In this worksheet, students gain practice in spelling geographical terms that often prove tricky.

'Spell Common Geographical Terms 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Writing

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many terms that we come across in geography lessons are quite tricky to spell.

 

 

Read the following list and try to remember the spellings. You will need them to answer the questions in the worksheet.

 

afforestation

archipelago

biodiversity

environment

hemisphere

longitude

Mediterranean

meteorology

precipitation

sedimentary

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the variety of life found in a particular habitat or ecosystem

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the surroundings or conditions in which plants and animals live (the term is sometimes used to refer to the natural world as a whole)

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

a group or chain of islands

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the sea that separates Europe from North Africa

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the planting of large areas of trees on open land

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the branch of science dealing with the atmosphere, especially weather conditions

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

half of the Earth, usually the northern or southern half

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

water falling from the sky in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the type of rock formed when mineral and organic fragments are deposited by water, wind or sand

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the distance of a place to the east or west of Greenwich, measured as an angle

  • Question 1

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the variety of life found in a particular habitat or ecosystem

CORRECT ANSWER
biodiversity
bio-diversity
EDDIE SAYS
This word is sometimes spelt with a hyphen (bio-diversity), but it is more common without.
  • Question 2

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the surroundings or conditions in which plants and animals live (the term is sometimes used to refer to the natural world as a whole)

CORRECT ANSWER
environment
EDDIE SAYS
People often forget the second 'n' in this word and write 'enviroment'.
  • Question 3

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

a group or chain of islands

CORRECT ANSWER
archipelago
EDDIE SAYS
The beginning of this word is pronounced like 'ark' rather than 'arch'.
  • Question 4

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the sea that separates Europe from North Africa

CORRECT ANSWER
Mediterranean
the Mediterranean
EDDIE SAYS
The double 'r' in this one can be tricky. It comes from the word 'terra', meaning 'earth'. The word 'Mediterranean' means 'in the middle of the earth' as the Mediterranean Sea is surrounded by Europe and Africa.
  • Question 5

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the planting of large areas of trees on open land

CORRECT ANSWER
afforestation
EDDIE SAYS
Remember the double 'f' in this one.
  • Question 6

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the branch of science dealing with the atmosphere, especially weather conditions

CORRECT ANSWER
meteorology
EDDIE SAYS
There are three 'o's in this word!
  • Question 7

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

half of the Earth, usually the northern or southern half

CORRECT ANSWER
hemisphere
EDDIE SAYS
'Hemi-' can mean 'half', just as 'semi-' does.
  • Question 8

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

water falling from the sky in the form of rain, hail, sleet or snow

CORRECT ANSWER
precipitation
EDDIE SAYS
The word comes from a Latin word meaning 'falling quickly'.
  • Question 9

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the type of rock formed when mineral and organic fragments are deposited by water, wind or sand

CORRECT ANSWER
sedimentary
EDDIE SAYS
This word comes from a Latin word meaning 'settling or sitting down'.
  • Question 10

Below is a definition of one of the words listed in the introduction. Write the word in the answer box.

 

the distance of a place to the east or west of Greenwich, measured as an angle

CORRECT ANSWER
longitude
EDDIE SAYS
The word is sometimes spelt 'longtitude', but the first 't' is incorrect.
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