Geography – Earth The Blue Planet Collage: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

March 3, 2014

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Week at a Glance

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: On Earth by G. Brain Karas

Why we love this book:

We are continuing our Geography Lesson 2 Series. Our last two Geography Activities helped us find Our Place in Outer Space. Now that we are familiar with The Universe, The Milky Way and The  Solar System it’s time to turn our attention to our planet earth. G. Brain Karas illustrates planet earth constantly in motion, rotating and revolving, spinning and circling, gliding and tilting.

On Earth: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

The paintings and simple narrative demonstrate for children abstract science concepts such as night and day, years, hemispheres, seasons and gravity. “At night we turn away from the sun and see a universe of stars and planets while we dream of what we can do tomorrow.” The last page includes a glossary defining basic earth terms:

  • Sphere
  • Equator
  • Rotate and Axis
  • Revolve and Orbit
  • North Pole and South Pole
  • Gravity

Geography for Kids – Lesson 2:

What is Our Place in Outer Space?

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from waddleeahchaa.com

What is a Our Place in Outer Space – Activity 3:

Earth The Blue Planet Collage

“Earth is nicknamed the Blue Planet because 70 percent of it is covered in water.”  Studying Our Earth Inside and Out by Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from waddleeahchaa.com

Supplies:

  • Books about the Planet Earth
  • black construction paper
  • white card stock
  • nature magazines
  • pencils
  • scissors
  • glue

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 1: Trace a Large Circle

  • concept – earth is a sphere

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 2: Cut out Circle

 

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 3: Draw a Rough Sketch of the Land and Water on the Earth

  • We looked at photos of the earth in books and on the internet.
  • Since we live in The United States, we drew the view of North and South America

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 4: Collage Land and Water of the Earth

  • We studied photos of the earth, noting the water and land.
  • We also studied the colors of the land.
  • Deep green colors showed us the rainforests and shades of yellow and tan showed us plains and deserts.
  • The children tried to use these colors in their collage. You can see the Amazon in the collage above.
  • We used nature magazines because they represent things found on earth. It’s like a collage representation of all living things on earth. The kiddos simple tore magazine pictures into small pieces.
  • The children could easily see how they needed more blue pieces to represent “The Blue Planet.”

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from waddleeahchaa.com

Earth The Blue Planet Collage, Miss Enigma, age 7

Miss Enigma did an excellent sketch of North America and South America. She started out strong with her collage; however, it was a bit tedious for her to glue each and every piece into a tight collage. I added a few labels making it easier for you to decipher her water and land forms.

Miss Enigma looooooves dogs. I really like how she used dog fur to represent the west coast of the United States. You can see the two puppy dog eyes looking at you. This collage is definitely Miss Enigma’s world!

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from waddleeahchaa.com

Earth The Blue Planet Collage, MacGyver, age 10

Ah, The Blue Planet interpreted by MacGyver through collage art. His artwork certainly illustrates that we live on a blue planet.

Here at waddlee-ah-chaa, I rarely separate activities by grade levels. I have found that open-ended activities that focus on big concepts can often be stretched to fit quite a variety of ages. Children are not born into neat, strict-age-appropriate, little packages. My goal is to inspire them to grow and learn but to never cram them into one box.

Don’t ask me how those deep thoughts from Jeannine fit in with a lesson on The Blue Planet, but hey it happens!

On Earth: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of On Earth by G. Brain Karas

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

Our book GIVEAWAY, On Earth,  has us dreaming of what we can do tomorrow. So what are your dreams of what you can do tomorrow? Fold the laundry, plant a garden, plan a trip to Cambodia . . . (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, March 16, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, March 17, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Tara H March 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Tomorrow is my birthday!!! So I’m going to do laundry, homeschool the boys, try to keep the house clean (ha!) and cook supper…oh wait, I’m not cooking supper…my husband is taking me out on a date! :)
I love how you adapt things to both of your children’s ages. I’m looking into doing My Father’s World curriculum next year, which will mean grades 2- 8 will all learn together.
As always, I love your projects!

Jeannine March 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

Happy Birthday Tara! Enjoy that night out. I wish I had one of those planned.

Anna@The Measured Mom March 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm

The kids did a really great job! What a great way to help them learn more about geography. Love this project – as always! Thanks so much for sharing at After School.

Tiffany March 7, 2014 at 7:39 am

Getting ready to move

tammy cordery March 7, 2014 at 9:22 am

I’m going to clean up the house. Make a few make a head meals. Do yard work, weather permitting.

Jeannine March 8, 2014 at 6:45 am

Yuck Tiffany, I do not envy getting ready to move. Such a big task.

Veronica R March 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

I plan to work on more spring cleaning even though we haven’t had much spring like weather here in PA yet.

Taryn T. March 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Tomorrow I need to get invitations for a baby shower ready and mailed out. In my neatest handwriting…. should have gotten the printable kind!

Jeannine March 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Taryn, I need to get busy making bridal shower invitations. It’s on my to do list!

Emily March 11, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I want to keep warm tomorrow!

Tamara March 11, 2014 at 10:35 pm

I am doing mounds of laundry. Trying to figure how to get ink and oil out of dress pants.

Jeannine March 12, 2014 at 8:36 am

I think I’m also doing laundry!

June Ebinger March 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

CLEAN OUR ATTIC!

liz l March 16, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Restart my diet. Want to lose 5 lbs before my nieces wedding

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