Week at a Glance: Geography for Kids
- Geography Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: I See a Kookaburra by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
- Geography Lesson #1: What is Geography?
- Geography Concept: Habitats Around the World
- Geography Activity: Habitats Oil Pastel Resist Art
- Geography / Habitats Book Recommendations
Geography Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: I See a Kookaburra by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
Why we love this book:
I think by far highlighted I’ve Steve Jenkins more than any other author here at waddlee-ah-chaa. There is a reason, my children are totally enamored with his books! He artfully blends intricate collage illustrations with fascinating animal and science facts. The kiddos have spent countless hours devouring the information in his books. They also enjoy studying his unbelievably detailed artwork.
I See a Kookaburra! Discovering Animal Habitats around the World
I could not have found a more perfect book for our introduction to Geography. Our first Geography Lesson tackles the question: What is Geography? We learned that we use geography to examine our environment: land, climate, plants and animals. I See a Kookaburra highlights six different parts of the world:
- a desert in America
- a tide pool on the coast of England
- a rainforest in South America
- a savanna in Africa
- a forest in Australia
- a pond in America
Each habitat is presented in a two-page-spread. The first-page-spread hides eight animals in their natural habitat. It’s a game of hide-and-seek! Can you find all of them?
Turn the page to see if you found all of them. The second-page-spread includes a description of each animal. The animals remain in their same position so children can turn back and forth until they have found all eight.
The back of the book includes an extensive glossary with information on each habitat and the eight animals that live there. A map of the world is included as well, showing where each of the habitats is located on the globe.
Seriously, could we have found a better book? Steve Jenkins we love you so!
Geography for Kids – Lesson 1: What is Geography?
Land, Climate, Plants, Animals
Geography Lesson 1: What is Geography?
Last Week, I introduced our Geography for Kids Theme Study in which we are currently engaged in a year long homeschool geography study. If you missed our introduction to our Geography notebook, you might want to take a peek backwards. We are using A Children’s Introduction to the World as a basic week-to-week geography syllabus. Join us each week for new geography lessons, activities, free printables and resources.
Geography Lesson 1: What is Geography?
- A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
- I See a Kookaburra by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
- Assortment of Habitat Books
- Geography Notebook
- Black Construction Paper
- Elmer’s Glue
- Oil Pastels
1. What is Geography?
- geo means earth
- graphy means to describe
- geography means to describe the earth
2. Geography describes or observes:
- animals & people
What is Geography Activity 2: Habitats Oil Pastel Resist Art
My experience as a classroom teacher (and a trainer of adults) taught me to give slow and precise directions. If children do not understand, I realize it is my fault not theirs! As a homeschool mom I treat my classroom of two just like a classroom of 20+ students. We approach lessons in an organized manner with clear directions. (I confess most lessons are organized, not all.) From there the children supply the creativity!
Step 1: Select a Habitat
- Select a habitat and collect reference books.
- Study your habitat.
- Describe your habitat using: land, climate, plants and animals.
- Yep, both of my kiddos picked a rain forest.
Step 2: Draw a Pencil outline of the Habitat
- Including land, climate, plants.
- The climate may be hard to draw; however, the plants will reflect the climate.
- We did not include animals in our drawing. We focused on the environment.
- We will turn our attention to the animals next week.
Step 3: Cover Pencil Outline with Glue
- Careful not to drag your hand.
- Every little line doesn’t need to be covered. We are creating a simple outline.
- Nice and thick creates a better outline.
Step 4: Let the Glue Dry
- This geography art lesson is a morning and afternoon activity or a two day project.
Step 5: Color Plants with Oil Pastels
- Use the oil pastels to color between the dried glue lines.
- Go ahead lay it on thick and bright.
- Blend different colors to create highlights and shadows.
Step 6: Color Background
- Use oil pastels to color in background, sky and ground.
Rain Forest Habitat Oil Pastel Resist, MacGyver, age 10
Rain Forest Habitat Oil Pastel Resist, Miss Enigma, age 7
This geography art activity was inspired by the blog That Artist Woman. You MUST check out this blog if you are interested in engaging your children in real artistic lessons that teach quite a variety of art techniques and mediums.
We’re GIVING AWAY one hard cover copy of I See a Kookaburra by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page
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.
If you could visit any habitat in the world what would it be? A rainforest in South America? A savanna in Africa? A tide pool off the coast of . . . (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, February 2, 2014
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
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