Maps, maps, maps
With the changes in world geopolitical arrangements (Crimea anyone?!) printed atlases may not be up-to-date. Many electronic resources can fill that gap, and may even replace your print-book versions. Here are some sources to explore:
Sometimes teachers forget that there is an atlas built into WB encyclopedia. From the maps, you can jump to detailed articles on each country.
Atlas of Canada:
EarthTools & Map Coords (long and lat)
Worldatlas (Some advertising)
Don't forget to revisit Google Maps and Google Earth, and for "fun with maps", check out MapFrappe http://mapfrappe.com