Geography for Kids: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

January 21, 2014

Geography Theme Study with Lessons, Activities and Resources from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance:

  • Geography Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: You Pick This Week!
  • Book of the Week: A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
  • Geography Theme Study Introduction
  • Geography Lesson 1: What is Geography?
  • Activity: Create a Geography Notebook with an Illustrated Cover
  • Geography Book Recommendations

Geography for Kids: An Extended Theme Study

Join Us Each Week for Geography Lessons, Activities, Books, Free printables and Resources

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Each school year, I select a broad topic study to guide our year of learning. The last few years, we focused our attention on the Discovery of America, Early American History and Texas History. I much prefer these in-depth studies over week-by-week theme studies that never fully develop. Of course throughout the year, we integrate reading, writing, math and science. The children also read quite a variety of books for pure enjoyment and topics of specific interest.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Book of the Week: A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander

Why we love this book:

After much research on books for teaching children geography, I purchased A Child’s Introduction to The World. Over the last few years, we’ve read the book here and there but never quite devoted the time and study to geography that I had intended. Finally I decided, this school year was going to be the year of Geography! We are using A Child’s Introduction to The World as a basic week-to-week Geography syllabus. We spend a week or two on each section of the book and supplement each topic of learning with additional reading and hands-on activities.

A Child’s Introduction to The World includes the paper pop-up globe you see in the photo above. We don’t have a fancy classroom globe. However, we do have a number of different “beach ball” style globes that work just fine and even include longitude and latitude lines.

Disclaimer: This book has an occasional typo. I thought you should know in case that stuff drives you crazy. You might want to take a look before you cross it off your list. The content is presented quite nicely for children.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Part One: Where Am I?

The book is divided into two sections. The first section is a basic introduction to geography, the earth, landforms and map skills. Children become acquainted with the beginning of the earth and its place in our solar system. Additionally, children get to know the earth both inside and out, from its crust to its highest mountain.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Part Two: Welcome to the World

In this section of the book, the children travel from continent to continent learning about political borders, landforms, cultures and customs. The travels around the world begin with The United States of America. The United States is nicely divided into Eastern, Central and Western States. From there each continent is broken down into smaller countries and cultural areas. Overall a good overview to our world .

Geography for Kids Lesson 1: What is Geography?

Geography Lesson and Activity Week 1

Both of the children made a Geography 3-ring binder to organize their geography activities from week to week. I am using our geography study to teach MacGyver how to read and highlight important information. Each week, I photo copy the two page overview from A Child’s Introduction to The World. (I understand you cannot do this for an entire class of students.) Each week he reads and highlights important information, vocabulary and definitions. He adds these pages to his notebook along with any activities from the week.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Geography for Kids Lesson 1: What is Geography?

Supplies:

  • A Child’s Introduction to The World
  • Three Ring Binder with clear cover pocket
  • Highlighter
  • White Card Stock
  • Art Supplies, markers, Sharpies, colored pencils, crayons

Lesson Concepts:

1.  What is geography?

  • geo means earth
  • graphy means to describe
  • geography means to describe the earth

2. Geography describes or observes:

  • land
  • climate
  • plants
  • animals & people

Geography for Kids Lesson 1 – Activity 1:

Create a Geography Notebook Cover and Binder

My children often receive glowing comments on their artwork. I do NOT like cookie cutter crafts and art projects. My goal as a classroom teacher and now a homeschool mom is to nurture the unique artistic expression of each child. However, within that framework, I give very exact, step-by-step directions during a learning project. We go nice and slow. This helps the children organize their creative brainstorms. Once we have a goal and framework in place, the kiddos are free to express themselves. Activities that can easily encompass children across a large age range are my favorite.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 1: Fold Card Stock down 1 inch at top of page.

 

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 2: Write Geography in large letter across top of paper.

  • Use the fold as a guide.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 3: Fold Bottom of Paper in half to top fold line.

  • We call this a hamburger fold.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 4: Fold Side of Paper in half.

  • We call this a hotdog fold.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 5: Trace a Circle in the middle of the page.

 

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 6: Write Earth in large letters in middle of circle.

  • Use a Sharpie if children are going to water color the earth.
  • If you look closely, you can see that MacGyver drew a faint outline of North America.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 7: Paint the Earth in the circle.

  • The children had a variety of books to use as references when painting the earth.
  • A globe is also a good resource to have available.

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 8: Divide the Paper into Four boxes, using the fold lines as a guide.

 

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 9: Label and Illustrate the four boxes -

  • land
  • climate
  • plants
  • animals

Step 10: Place Cover in Clear Front Pocket of Binder

 

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Geography Notebook Cover, MacGyver, age 10

Geography Theme Studies from waddleeahchaa.com

Geography Notebook Cover, Miss Enigma, age 7

Maps, Charts, and Graphs

Maps Charts Graphs

Maps, Charts, and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press is another highly reviewed series. I’m not a workbook type of teacher; however, this simple series engages students in beginning map reading activities and teaches them how to communicate graphically. It’s almost like each page is a scavenger hunt using symbols and maps. You can read the description of skills taught in each book to determine a starting point for your child.

MacGyver has been working his way through this series for several years. He completes one section each week. He began with neighborhoods and is now learning about states and regions including longitude and latitude. He reads and finishes each assignment totally independent. Miss Enigma is beginning with neighborhoods this year.

Geography Habitats Around the World

We invite you to join us for our Geography Lesson 1 – Activity 2: Habitats Around the World, featuring a fabulous Book GIVEAWAY from author Steve Jenkins!

 

Geography Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: You Pick this Week!

I’ve put together a sampling of Geography books we will be highlighting and using in the upcoming weeks. Look through the books highlighted in the rotator and simply tell me which one you would like to win.

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Which featured Geography book would you like to win?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, January 26, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, January 27, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

 

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin January 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Awesome.. looks like a bunch of great books. I know the kids would like the one about maps and the one about the world.

elizabeth708 January 22, 2014 at 2:38 am

What a coincidence! We were just talking about how important this is for children! Thanks for the books for me to look into.

Joy January 22, 2014 at 6:51 am

A Child’s Introduction to the World

Julie (thegirlwhopaintedtrees) January 22, 2014 at 7:44 am

I have been eyeing Geography from A-Z for a while, and this new one you mentioned in the post is new to me so I am now interested in this one too.

Adela January 22, 2014 at 9:10 am

A Child’s Intoduction To The World. Thank you!

tammy cordery January 22, 2014 at 12:37 pm

thank you for this giveaway

chris January 22, 2014 at 3:13 pm

A child’s Introduction to the World looks great. As a former Geo teacher it’s right up my ally.

Jeannine January 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Chris, as a former Geo teacher we would love to hear your other recommendations!

Natalie @AfterschoolForSmartyPants January 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

Oh, I love the look of a Child’s Introduction to the World! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

Dianne January 25, 2014 at 9:09 am

We have been looking at A Child’s Introduction to the World for quite a while now. We would love to win that one!

Michelle G. January 26, 2014 at 1:44 pm

A Child’s Introduction to the World looks great.

maryanne @ mama smiles January 31, 2014 at 10:48 pm

What a great lesson! Pinned this to my global learning board :)

Jeannine February 1, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Maryanne, Thank you for sharing the kiddo’s learning!

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