Geography for Kids Lesson Plans and Activities: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

April 2, 2014

If a kid is going to break his arm he needs a cool tattoo design!

Well, our weekend did not go as planned. (That’s life in general, right?) MacGyver jumped out of a swing at the park, landed on his elbow and broke it! This all happened as Daddy and Mommy were disembarking from an airplane on a little business trip. Nothing like sitting in the baggage claim area of an airport for two hours, chewing my fingernails off, waiting to hear if I needed to jump on the first plane headed back home. The angst!

Long story short, he now has a really cool, neon green cast from the top of his arm to his fingers. He’s doing really good, all things considered, and being a great sport. Of course, his cast was immediately given the MacGyver treatment and tattooed with a “brown trout” design. Needless to say, the beginning of our week has been chaotic running from doctor to doctor (dealing with the insurance company, fun). So I’m kinda of, sort of back and ready to post.

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Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Animals Speak by Lila Prap

Why we love this book:

Have you ever wondered what animals say in other languages? In this book with big, bright, bold illustrations, we learn that a donkey brays: HEE-HAW in English, but in Slovenian he says: IAA. Each page highlights a number of languages and includes a flag from each featured country. For such a simple little book it is packed with learning opportunities. So what are you waiting for? Travel the world and learn how to speak to the animals in many different languages.

If you entered our Books for GIVEAWAY last week you can enter again this week! You might want to take a peek at last week’s post: Multicultural Music & Movement

Geography for Kids 

Step-by-Step Lessons for Each Week

FREE Printables, Activities, Books, Resources & Links for Each Week


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Geography for Kids Theme Study

As you know, this year we have been engaged in a year long Geography for Kids Theme Study. I’ve shared 9 weeks of Geography Lessons, Activities and Resources. Before I move on and change gears a bit, focusing more on mapping skills, I wanted to put together one post with links to the first 9 activities in our Geography Series. My kiddos have totally enjoying  our Geography for Kids study. And I am quite impressed with how much they’ve learned about our world.

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Weekly Lesson Cycle

Each week we follow the same basic lesson cycle, changing it up a bit here and there.

  • Monday 
    • Introduce new lesson concept by reading aloud from A Child’s Introduction to the World by Heather Alexander. I usually read just a paragraph or two, introducing one specific geography concept. I copy the page for MacGyver and he is required to read independently and highlight important facts, information and vocabulary.
  • Tuesday
    • Read additional resources and library books.
  • Wednesday
    • Read additional resources, watch a documentary, do an activity or play a game.
  • Thursday
    • Read additional resources, watch a documentary, do an activity or play a game.
  • Friday – Project Day
    • Rather than do a big project over several days, we usually do one big project each Friday. This works better for us rather than drawing out a project over several days. The children know Friday is Project Day and they look forward to Friday all week long. But we are always flexible and adjust according to the demands of the project and defer to life in general!

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Week 1 – Geography for Kids Lesson 1: What is Geography?

  • Activity 1: What is Geography? – Create a Geography Notebook and Cover

Geography Habitats Around the World

Week 2 – Geography for Kids Lesson 1: What is Geography?

  • Activity 2: Animal Habitats Around the World – Animal Habitats Resist Art

Animal Habitats for Kids

Week 3 – Geography for Kids Lesson 1: What is Geography?

  • Activity 3 – Animal Habitats Around the World: Animal Oil Pastel Resist Art

Geography Lesson 2: What is a Galaxy from

Week 4 – Geography for Kids Lesson 2: What is Our Place in Outer Space

  • Activity 1 – What is a Galaxy Splatter Paint Mixed Media

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Week 5 – Geography for Kids Lesson 2: What is Our Place in Outer Space

  •  Activity 2 – The Solar System Mixed Media Project

Geography: Earth The Blue Planet collage from

Week 6 – Geography for Kids Lesson 2: What is Our Place in Outer Space

  • Activity 3 – Earth The Blue Planet Collage

Teaching Day & Night from

Week 7 – Geography for Kids Lesson 2: What is Our Place in Outer Space

  • 10 Activities for Teaching Day & Night

Planet Earth Inside & Out for Kids from

Week 8 – Geography for Kids Lesson 3: Planet Earth Inside & Out

  • Activity – How Plate Tectonics Works

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Week 9 – Geography Lesson 4: Multicultural Music & Movement

  • Activity – Getting to know our culture and world through music.

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We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Animals Speak by Lila Prap

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.

Where is the last place you traveled? Yes, when you’re a Mommy Target counts! But I’d love to hear about your travels afar.    (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, March 6, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, March 7, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Roxanna Alcantra April 2, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Hey, we are flexible, but one day we would love to go to Hawaii and also to Scotland for the beautiful scenery.

Phyllis at All Things Beautiful April 3, 2014 at 7:13 am

I love your geography lessons. Please consider linking this post up to my history and geography meme.

Jeannine April 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

Thank you for the invite Phyllis!

Emma @ P is for Preschooler April 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

I would love to go to England! (And this Animal Speaks book sounds cool! I noticed while learning a little French and while watching Dora the Explorer that different languages interpret animal sounds differently. It’s so interesting!)

stephanie April 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Great lessons! Thanks for sharing at After School!

Jill April 26, 2014 at 7:04 am

Aw, bless his heart and yours too for that dreaded feeling of waiting and worrying. I hope he heals fast and gets some fun signatures on his cast.

I had not heard of Animals Speak, but I am adding it to our to read list.

Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

Samantha @ Stir the Wonder April 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Just visiting some more from Poppins Book Nook… I love how you have organized your geography lessons for kids, what a great resource! Can’t wait until my little one is older and we can dive into some geography!

Jeannine April 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Samantha, it’s funny geography includes big abstract concepts difficult for children to grasp and yet there are so many hands-on type activities that can help young ones develop a sense of how our world works.

Jeannine April 28, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Jill, happy to introduce you to Animals Speak. A fun way of looking into the geography and people of our world.

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