Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
- The Travel Game by John Grandits
- How to Play the Travel Game
- Travel Game Story Telling
- The Great Global Puzzle Challenge by Clive Gifford
- The Travel Game Resources
The Travel Game for Kids
The Travel Game by John Grandits is a geography learning gem! My kids think this book is a blast and giggled throughout our first reading. They went on to talk about it later, retelling the funny travel stories. Then they giggled some more.
The book highlights Tad, a young boy, and his extended family living and working together in Buffalo, New York. While they live in Buffalo, they still sit down to a traditional polish meal cooked by Grandma. With humor, they sweetly portray a multi-generational American family.This aspect of the book fits in nicely with our Geography Lesson: Getting to Know Our Culture – Making a Family Tree Project. The first half of our Geography for Kids Series focuses on Physical Geography. The Second half of our Geography for Kids Series will feature World Geography, including Cultural and Human Geography.
Look no further than The Travel Game to help make this transition. Tad loves to play the travel game with his Aunt Hattie. Every Saturday, they spin the globe and visit a new part of the world. Together they travel the world through books and create wild, funny adventures. On this particular day, Aunt Hattie and Tad visit Aberdeen, the boat city of Hong Kong. Trust me, much fun and adventure is had by all.
When I suggested we play our own version of The Travel Game, my kiddos eagerly jumped on board. We use Aunt Hattie and Tad’s travel game as a guide.
The Travel Game will be a fun way to sneak-in Geography throughout the summer.
Step 1: Spin the Globe (close your eyes)
Spin, spin, spin the globe.
Where we’ll go nobody knows.
Spin, spin, spin the globe.
Where your finger stops is where we’ll go.
Step 2: Point to a Spot on the Globe
- Open your eyes to find your adventure!
- Today it’s the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Step 3: Research Your Geography Location and Tell a Story
- This part of the game is like playing a travel version of Story Cubes.
- We surf the web to find pictures and facts about our location.
- We suggest selecting about four pictures and sticking with that for the base of the story.
- We take turns telling a travel adventure based on the pictures and the facts we read.
- You never know what twist and turns your travel adventure will take. A bit like really traveling.
Resources to Find Pictures and Information
- World Atlas for Kids
- National Geographic for Kids
- pinterest: Pop in your location and pictures will appear. Then you’ll have to do a little research to find facts.
- google earth
- google your location (of course) –
- I never let me children google and surf the web without my supervision.
The Great Global Puzzle Challenge by Clive Gifford
- Looking for more Geography adventures?
- Go on a global challenge and solve the geography puzzles.
- Each spread focuses on one destination, including a scavenger hunt within the pages.
- Coordinates are also included for Google Earth.
- The answers to the puzzles are included at the end of the book.
- Yes, the web is required for this global puzzle challenge.
Again, a sneaky way to engage the kiddos in geography fun during the summer!
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY
- Last week, I introduced He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
- Head on over to view our Making a Family Tree Geography Project.
- You can enter the GIVEAWAY right here and also on last week’s post.
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands by Kadir Nelson
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