These worksheets look at the major continents of the world and their key features.

There are seven major continents of the world. Sixty-percent of the population of the world lives in the continent of Asia. Australia, by comparison, is the least populated continent accounting for less than three-tenths of the world population. Africa is the hottest continent, on average, and homes the largest desert in the world. Antarctica is the coldest continent and is completely covered in ice. Antarctica also has no inhabitants; it is not hard to figure out why. Europe which is composed of fifty-one countries has the most developed economic and political union in the world. South America is home to the largest rainforest in the world. North America is often thought to house just three countries, but it is actually composed of twenty-three countries.

The collection of worksheets below starts by defining and explaining the concept of a continent. We then look at the key attributes of each of the seven major continents. We finish off by arguing that New Zealand may in fact fit the definition of being a continent by itself.

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What is a Continent? - Reading Passage

A continent is a large, continuous area of land that is composed of a kind of rock called "continental crust." Continental crust is largely granite.

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What is a Continent?- Multiple Choice Questions

The coldest continent is Antarctica. Antarctica is completely covered with ice.

Islands, Continents, and Microcontinents

An island is a land mass composed of oceanic crust and surrounded entirely by water.

Microcontinents - Short Answer Questions

Continents are land masses that are made up of the same kind of rock as other continents.

North America

North America is the third largest continent, covering about 4.8 percent of the planet’s surface, and accounting for a little over 16 percent of its land area.

QUESTIONS: North America

North American fauna is plentiful and of the same variety as its climates, from forest-dwelling bears, to prairie dogs, to crocodiles.

South America

South America is the fourth largest continent. It is located in the Western mostly Southern Hemispheres.

QUESTIONS: South America

A number of islands are also considered part of South America, due both to their proximity and their cultural similarities.

Africa

frica is the second largest continent. With a billion people speaking over 1,500 different languages,

QUESTIONS: Africa

The climate of Africa is primarily dry desert in the north. The central and southern regions include savanna plains and dense jungle.

Antarctica - Reading Passage

Antarctica is located over the South Pole, in the Antarctic region of the southern hemisphere. The continent is divided into eastern and western regions.

QUESTIONS: Antarctica

Antarctica has several distinctions. It is the southernmost continent. It was the last continent discovered.

Australia

Australia is the smallest of all seven continents. A number of islands are also considered part of Australia, due both to their proximity and their cultural similarities.

QUESTIONS: Australia

There are many animals that are unique and native to Australia: kangaroo, koala, echidna, platypus and wombat.

Europe Reading Worksheet

Europe is the second smallest continent. It borders the continent of Asia on the northeast.

Europe - Short Answer Questions

Home to 731 million people, Europe is the third most populated continent.

Asia

Asia is the largest continent and has the highest population. It is home to nearly four billion people (60% of the world's population).

Asia- Multiple Choice Questions

Asia's climate varies greatly: it is hot and dry in the Middle East, warm and humid in the South East, and extremely cold in eastern Russia.

Supercontinents

A supercontinent is a single continent that is composed of all the continental crust that exists at the time.

Supercontinents - Short Answer

The most recent supercontinent was called Pangea. It was formed about 300 million years ago and split up a million years later.