Week at a Glance:
- Geography Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
- Introducing the Seven Continents of the World
- Introducing the Four Ocean of the World
- Links to FREE printable Maps
- FREE printable practice: The Seven Continent and the Four Oceans
- FREE printable practice: The Seven Continents and the Four Oceans for Beginning Readers/Writers
Geography Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
Why we love this book:
Last week, I compiled our 11 Geography Units (16 Lessons & Activities) into one convenient post. The post includes all links to all geography topics, resources, books, lessons, activities and FREE printables. As I have explained, we used A Child’s Introduction to The World as a basic syllabus for our in depth Geography Study. This week, I am moving ahead with Part 2 of the book which transitions from Physical Geography to World Geography and Cultures.
Part One: Where Am I?
The book is divided into two sections. The first section is a basic introduction to geography, the earth, landforms and map skills. Children become acquainted with the beginning of the earth and its place in our solar system. Additionally, children get to know the earth both inside and out, from its crust to its highest mountain.
Part Two: Welcome to the World
In this section of the book, the children travel from continent to continent learning about political borders, landforms, cultures and customs. The travels around the world begin with The United States of America. The United States is nicely divided into Eastern, Central and Western States. From there each continent is broken down into smaller countries and cultural areas. Overall a good overview to our world.
World Geography for Kids
Labeled World Map, Miss Enigma, age 7
The Seven Continents of the World
- FREE printable World Maps: Worksheet Works
- I like the maps at Worksheet Works because you have many printing choices.
- The site explains 5 different map projections and for what each projection is used.
- You can select which map projection style meets your needs.
- You can also choose to print with or without labeling.
- I printed Miss Enigma’s map, age 7, with the labels.
- I printed MacGyver’s map, age 10, without labels. He labeled his own map.
Labeled World Map, Miss Enigma, age 7
The Four Oceans of the World
- The kids used colored pencils to identify and color each continent.
- They followed up with water color paints to color the oceans of the world.
World Map, MacGyver, age 10
- I printed an unlabeled map for MacGyver and he labeled the Continents and Oceans himself.
The Continents and Oceans
FREE printable: The Continents and The Oceans of the World Practice Pages
- I made a simple printable to help MacGyver practice the spelling of the Continents and Oceans.
- At the end of the week, he took a little test and labeled a world map from memory.
- Miss Enigma is a beginning Reader / Writer.
- Accordingly, I made a traceable practice page with dotted print for her.
- She also took a little “test” at the end of the week.
- She used her practice page as a guide to label her world map.
Why is Geography Important for Children?
I am not big on worksheets and mindless memorization. Having said that, I am a proponent of learning about our world and appreciating different cultures. Unfortunately, our great big world is quite abstract for children. Familiarizing them with maps and globes gives them a framework in which to put people and places.
I have found geography to be one of the most important topics for children to learn because it impacts the understanding of so many other subjects. A true understanding of history is near impossible without having a clear picture of “where” the history is happening. And science with its habitats, animals, plants, new discoveries and inventions benefit greatly from a knowledge of geography. Even nonfiction, including picture books, often needs geographical context. The “World” in general just makes so much more sense when you understand “where in the world” you are learning.
Geography Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:
A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
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.
A visit to which continent is on your bucket list? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
The Rules: No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, February 22, 2015
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
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