Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maps, Charts, and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press
- Teaching Kids the Reasons for the Seasons
- Book Recommendation: Sunshine Makes the Seasons
- The Orange, Flashlight and Tilted Axis Demonstration
- Time Zones, Prime Meridian, International Date Line
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maps, Charts, and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press
Why we love this curriculum series:
Maps, Charts, and Graphs is a 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. This week we are continuing the mapping skills lessons and activities in our Geography for Kids series. Maps, Charts, and Graphs is an easy and consistent way to incorporate mapping skills into weekly lessons.
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 began with neighborhoods this year.
You can read the description of skills taught in each book to determine a starting point for your child. *If you are the winner of this Books for Kids GIVEAWAY you can pick the level that is appropriate for you child.
Geography for Kids Lesson 5
Time Zones and The Reason for the Seasons
- A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
- Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklin M. Branley
- Sharpie marker
- stick pin
Step 1: Read, Research and Learn
- We began by reading aloud from both A Child’s Introduction to The World p. 18-19 and Sunshine Makes the Seasons.
- A Child’s Introduction to The World p. 18-19 introduces the Prime Meridian, the International Date Line and Time Zones. This is a fairly easy concept for my kiddos since we have friends in Cambodia, exactly 12 hours difference between us.
- Sunshine Makes the Seasons clearly illustrates and explains how the earth’s axis is tilted.
- We followed the directions in Sunshine Makes the Seasons for both learning about Day & Night and The Reason for the Seasons.
Step 2: Make the Earth and the Axis
- Push a pencil through an orange from the top to the bottom.
- Mark the top with an “N” for the North Pole.
- Mark the bottom with an “S” for the South Pole.
- Use a Sharpie marker to draw a line around the orange halfway between the two poles. This is the equator.
- Stick a pin in the orange about halfway between the North Pole and the equator. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere this represents where you live.
Step 3: Circle the Axis Around the Sun
- Shine a flashlight on the earth.
- Hold the orange so the North Pole is titled away from the flashlight.
- Turn the orange all the way around.
- The northern half of the earth has short days and long nights.
- It is winter and it is cold.
- Without changing the tilt of the axis, move around the sun.
- As the sun shines on the earth, you can see the changing of the seasons.
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of
Maps, Charts and Graphs by Modern Curriculum Press
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.
What is your favorite season? Why? Do you like to bundle up on cold winter nights? Do you like to pick fresh tomatoes during those hot summer days? Inquiring minds want to know? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, April 21, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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