This year’s history and geography focus is on research, and we are going to be working on writing reports in their notebooks and so we will be using a composition book, colored pencils, tracing paper, glue sticks and scissors and a pen or pencil. The eventual goal is for them to make a two page spread including at least three colored traced or drawn pictures. In leiu of one of the drawn pictures, they could take a photograph of a project they did, like building a scene from the country with Legos. Traced or drawn maps are also a good choice for illustration. I am going to be working on them writing complete sentences. For the older boys, we will be working on them developing a proficiency at reading maps, become skilled in using atlases, know the location of important places in the world and key world physical features, to understand geographical terms and to develop critical thinking skills using maps and an almanac. In addition to reports, we are looking forward to cooking some dishes from each country we study or going out to an appropriate restaurant or market and hopefully listen to authentic music We might also watch some Netflix movies relating to our studies. And of course there are some great books and stories to will read and report on relating to each country we study.
The possible reports they could choose from are:
This is about a country, a typical family, house, food, school and facts that are interesting to them. They could include a paper doll as one of the pictures in this report.
Country name, capital, continent, main language and other facts they find interesting. One of the traced or drawn pictures needs to be an outline of the country.
Person’s name, country, year of the event/achievement and facts that are interesting to them.
This report should include the title of the movie, a rating of one to five stars, facts that they found interesting, why they would or would not recommend the movie.
Book or Story Report
This should include the title of the book or story and the author, description of their favorite part of the book or story.
This card should include the title of recipe, the ingredients, a description of how to cook the recipe. Instead of the drawn pictures, they can use the camera to take a picture of the meal they made.
Introduction to World Geography
We began our world geography studies by looking and and interacting with a world map. Using the book, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman, I had the younger boys find the countries where each ingredient came from. We thought about modes of transportation and played the "We took _______ to _______ to get _______."
And, of course, we made apple pie.
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, Marjorie Priceman
- Wonder Tales From Around the World, Heather Forest
- World Book Encyclopedia
- All Ye Lands
- DK Geography of the World
- Children Just Like Me, Kindersley
- Children Just Like Me Celebrations, Kindersley
- Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World, MaryAnn F. Kohl
- Illustrated World Atlas or Classroom Atlas
- Wall Map of the World
- Maps and Globes, Jack Knowlton
- Geography from A to Z, Jack Knowlton
- A Trip Around the World, Leland Graham (K-3)
- Another Trip Around the World, Leland Graham, (K-3)
- Properties of Ecosystems, Debbie Lawrence
- Usborne Living World Encyclopedia, Lesley Colvin
- A New Trip Around the World, Grades K - 5, Leland Graham
- Around the World in 80 Tales, Saviour Pirotta
- DK's A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World (5th grade and up)
- Traveling the World for National Geographic, Thomas J. and Lynn B. Abercrombie
- Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, Peter Menzel
- The Usborne Encyclopedia of World Religions
- Geography Through Art, Sharon Jeffus, Jamie Aramini
- Eat Your Way Around the World, Jamie Aramini
- How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World at Delightful Learning, at All-of-a-Kind Family
- 6 Country Lapbooks from Living Life Intentionally
- Using Legos with History and Geography at Milk and Cookies
- 10 Ways to Travel the World at The Educator's Spin on It
- Why Every Home Needs a Map at KC Edventures
- Felt Flags of the World at Silly Eagle Books
- Around the World Paper Dolls at Education.com
- World Geography for High Schoolers at Harmony Art Mom