As a Social Studies and Spanish certified teacher it should not be a surprise that I love teaching geography and culture. Luckily for me culture fits into multiple standards for Spanish.
Here are two great resources for data visualization. I find it is a great way to have the students ‘explore’ some of the similarities and differences between the United States and Spanish speaking countries (or any other country in the world). By clicking a few buttons they get to see some aspect of those countries in a strong image. There is always a little bit of reading to help explain what they are seeing, but not enough to discourage a student who does not like reading.
I normally do a couple examples as a class than give them time to work with a partner and play… or so they think. They are learning, just in a low stress way. I know they were learning because one of my students remembered the websites months later and asked if he could have the URLs so he could use them in a Social Studies project.
A new resource for teaching geography is World Grip which was shared on Twitter. When you hover over a country on the map it shows the flag, capital, area, population, and a short paragraph describing the country. This is also very middle school friendly.