Saturday, October 12, 2013

World Geography Weeks 2 - 8 (North America, South America, Europe, Asia)

Combined with our continent studies each week, we work on some general geography skills such as learning to tell directions on a map (N, S, E, W); learning which continents are located in which hemispheres (northern, southern, eastern, western); learning about the equator as a line of demarcation on the earth; working with various land and water forms, etc.

In our second class, we touched on a variety of topics related to North America, including our neighbors Canada and Mexico.  We completed map work for all these countries, as well.  My sensory boxes contain dolls or puppets in traditional dress, native carvings, landmark cards, small animals from various Toobs (available from Safari, Ltd. at Michael's, Hobby Lobby and various other stores), CD's or tapes of native music, etc.  We don't have time to cover everything in these short classes, but we try!

Library book suggestions for South America:

Aloian, Molly. Explore South America. New York : Crabtree Pub. Co., 2007.  
Braun, Eric. Tamarins. Austin : Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 2002. 
Cobb, Vicki. This place is high. New York : Walker, 1989.
Dewey, Jennifer. Poison dart frogs. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 1998.
Dingus, Lowell. The tiniest giants : discovering dinosaur eggs. New York, N.Y. : Random House, c1999.
Elbl, Martin. Tales from the Amazon. Milwaukee, Wis. : Penworthy Pub. Co., c1986.
Heinrichs, Ann. Brazil. New York : Childrens Press, 1997.
Heinrichs, Ann. Venezuela. New York : Children's Press, c1997.
Hynson, Colin. You wouldn't want to be an Inca mummy! : a one-way journey you'd rather not make. New York : Franklin Watts, 2008.
Knox, Barbara. Peru. Mankato, Minn. : Blue Earth Books, c2004.
Knutson, Barbara. Love and roast chicken : a trickster tale from the Andes Mountains. Minneapolis : Lerner Pub. Group, c2004.
Kurtz, Jane. Miro in the kingdom of the sun. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996.
Lessem, Don. Bigger than T. rex : the discovery of Giganotosorus, the biggest meat-eating dinosaur ever found. New York : Crown Publishers, c1997.
Lourie, Peter. Lost treasure of the Inca. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, c1999.
Mann, Elizabeth. Machu Picchu. New York : Mikaya Press, c2000.
McDermott, Gerald. Jabutí the tortoise : a trickster tale from the Amazon. San Diego : Harcourt, c2001.
Parnell, Helga. Cooking the South American way. Minneapolis : Lerner Publications Co., c1991.
Pipes, Rose. Rain forests. Austin, Tex. : Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c1998.
Pitcher, Caroline. Mariana and the merchild : a folk tale from Chile. Grand Rapids, MI : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2000.
Pitkänen, Matti A. The grandchildren of the Incas. Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, 1991.
Tompert, Ann. The Pied Piper of Peru. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2002.
Van Laan, Nancy. So say the little monkeys. New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1998.
Since North and South America both contain fewer countries, these make good places to start in memorizing countries (or at least some of the more notable ones).  I handed out a South American map that was labeled, along with a similar blank map so that they could color and cut out the blank and use it as practice for learning their countries.  Montessori maps for these countries or a large, simple puzzle would also work!
For South America, we talked a lot about the rainforest and its animals, but there are many topics that could be covered!  Time is our only real constraint for this class....  (I believe Chick-fil-a is currently handing out animal cards in its children's meals and those might make a good addition to sensory boxes).
I provided worry dolls to each child in my class, along with their story (Guatemala - North America) and small ocarina's when we studied South America (we watched online videos and listened to a CD I have of the group Andes Mante).
We continue to keep a passport book with stickers added for each continent we visit.  I also have some stamps I am sharing with them from various countries (flag stickers, animal stickers, etc.)  We continue to work on learning all the continents and oceans with a simple map each week (Montessori).
Book suggestions for Europe:
Bader, Philip. France. Vero Beach, Fla. : Rourke Book Co., c2001.  
Davis, Kevin A. Look what came from Germany. New York : F. Watts, c1999. 
Davis, Kevin A. Look what came from the Netherlands. New York : Franklin Watts, c2002.
DeFelice, Cynthia C. Three perfect peaches : a French folktale. New York : Orchard Books, c1995.
DePaola, Tomie. The mysterious giant of Barletta : an Italian folktale. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1984.
DePaola, Tomie. The legend of Old Befana : an Italian Christmas story. New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanich, c1980.
DePaola, Tomie. Tony's bread : an Italian folktale. New York : Putnam, c1989.
Favorite fairy tales told in Germany. Boston : Little, Brown, 1959.
French, Vivian. Why the sea is salt. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1993.
Hamilton, Martha. Priceless gifts : a folktale from Italy. Atlanta : August House LittleFolk, 2007.
Harvey, Miles. Look what came from Italy. New York : Franklin Watts, c1998.
Haskins, James. Count your way through Italy. Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, c1990.
Heinrichs, Ann. The Netherlands. New York : Children's Press, c2003.
Heyer, Marilee. The girl, the fish & the crown : a Spanish folktale. New York : Viking, c1995.
Hintz, Martin. Spain. New York : Children's Press, 2004.
Hodges, Margaret. The hero of Bremen. New York : Holiday House, c1993.
Jaffe, Nina. The way meat loves salt : a Cinderella tale from the Jewish tradition. New York : Holt, 1998.
Kirstein, Lincoln. Puss in boots. Boston : Little, Brown, c1992.
Lord, Richard. Germany. Milwaukee : G. Stevens, 1997.
Maddern, Eric. The king and the seed. London : Frances Lincoln Children's, 2009.
Park, Ted. France. Austin : Raintree Steck-Vaughn, c2000.
Reyevsky, Inna. The talking tree : an old Italian tale. New York : Putnam, c1990.
Tagholm, Sally. The rabbit. New York : Kingfisher, c2000.
Van Woerkom, Dorothy. The queen who couldn't bake gingerbread : an adaptation of a German folk tale. New York : Knopf, c1975.
Yanuck, Debbie L. Spain. Mankato, Minn. : Blue Earth Books, c2004.

I used a lot of the coloring sheets from Dover's Around the World coloring book as we studied Europe:
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I also used additional map work from my geography file that I've used for years.  Enchanted Learning offers a LOT of geography worksheets of various sorts now that some might find useful.  Many of them would be appropriate for upper elementary, too.
I don't recall whether or not I've mentioned this, but each week the children in my class are also adding animal stickers to a globe that I got from Oriental Trading (Antarctica is spelled incorrectly):
I also obtained some flags of the world pencils and key chains from them that I will give out as we move through the class....
Again, don't recall whether I've mentioned it, but this is also where I got the passports I'm using, although I'm adding additional stickers and stamps:
We read at least one little story each week from a country on the continent we are studying (if we have time).  I have primarily used a little book by Usborne:  Stories from Around the World:
Stories from around the world
This past week, I also used some little books we collected from Chick-fil-a over the years.  One is on Children of Europe, and is taken from a DK book, and the other is about discovering London.
(You could use DK's Children Just Like Me or Celebrations!)  You could also use DK's Children Just Like Me: Our Favorite Stories for your story time readings.  We own all these books and love them all!  I am using the little books simply because they fit in my sensory boxes and I can pull them out easily while doing class....
(This is the full version of a line of DK travel guides.  Chick-fil-a offered a much reduced version....)
These little true books, for continents or specific countries, are also good:
 Europe, A True Book                             

(New cover on the left; old cover on the right....)
Here's a web page covering Europe:
Interactive map of Europe:
We made our own globes from a simple pattern I've had for years.  Here's a more complex pattern online:
Next week we will be beginning two weeks of study on Asia.  Here are some suggested books for that:
Afanasév, A. N. Russian folk tales. Boulder [Colo.] : Shambhala ;, 1980.  
Arnold, Katya. Baba Yaga : a Russian folktale. New York : North-South Books, c1993. 
Bash, Barbara. In the heart of the village : the world of the Indian Banyan tree. San Francisco : Sierra Club Books, 1996.
Climo, Shirley. The Korean Cinderella. New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1993.
Croll, Carolyn. The little snowgirl : an old Russian tale. New York : Putnam, c1989.
Demi. One grain of rice : a mathematical folktale. New York : Scholastic Press, c1997.
Demi. The greatest treasure. New York : Scholastic Press, 1998.
Demi. Muhammad. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003.
Demi. Happy New Year! : Kung-hsi fa-ts'ai!. New York : Crown, 1998.
Demi. Dragon kites and dragonflies : a collection of Chinese nurery rhymes. New York : Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1986.
Demi. Kites : magic wishes that fly up to the sky. New York : Crown Publishers, c1999.
Demi. A Chinese zoo : fables and proverbs. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1987.
Demi. The hungry coat : a tale from Turkey. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2004.
Demi. The legend of Lao Tzu and the Tao te ching. New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2007.
Demi. Marco Polo. Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish Children, c2008.
Demi. The emperor's new clothes : a tale set in China. New York : McElderry Books, c2000.
Demi. Buddha. New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1996.
Demi. Su Dongpo : Chinese genius. New York : Lee & Low Books, c2006.
Demi. The Dalai Lama : a biography of the Tibetan spiritual and political leader. New York : Henry Holt, c1998.
Demi. The hallowed horse : a folktale from India. New York : Dodd, Mead, c1987.
Demi. Gandhi. New York : Margaret McElderry Books, c2001.
Demi. Happy, happy Chinese New Year!. New York : Crown Publishers, c1997.
Demi. The fantastic adventures of Krishna.
Demi. Buddha stories. New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1997.
Demi. Genghis Khan. Tarrytown, NY : Marshall Cavendish Children, 2009.
Demi. The magic gold fish : a Russian folktale. New York : H. Holt, c1995.
Galdone, Paul. A strange servant : a Russian folktale. New York : Knopf, c1977.
Hamilton, Martha. The ghost catcher : a Bengali folktale. Atlanta : August House Little Folk, c2008.
Heo, Yumi. The green frogs : a Korean folktale. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996.
Hickox, Rebecca. The golden sandal : a Middle Eastern Cinderella story. New York : Holiday House, 1998.
Johnston, Tony. The badger and the magic fan : a Japanese folktale. New York : G.P. Putnam's, c1990.
Kim, So-un. Korean children's favorite stories. Boston : Tuttle Pub., 2004.
Kimmel, Eric A. Baba Yaga : a Russian folktale. New York : Holiday House, c1991.
Langton, Jane. Salt : a Russian folktale. New York, N.Y. : Hyperion Books for Children, c1992.
Levine, Arthur A. The boy who drew cats : a Japanese folktale. New York : Dial Books, c1993.
Lewis, J. Patrick. The frog princess : a Russian folktale. New York : Dial Books, c1994.
McDermott, Gerald. The stonecutter : a Japanese folk tale. New York : Viking Press, 1975.
Mikolaycak, Charles. Babushka : an old Russian folktale. New York : Holiday House, c1984.
Nagishkin, Dmitriĭ. Folktales of the Amur : stories from the Russian Far East. New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1980.
Newton, Patricia Montgomery. The five sparrows : a Japanese folktale. New York : Atheneum, 1982.
Newton, Patricia Montgomery. The stonecutter : an Indian folktale. New York : Putnam, c1990.
Oram, Hiawyn. Baba Yaga & the wise doll : a traditional Russian folktale. New York : Dutton Children's Books, 1998.
Ransome, Arthur. The fool of the world and the flying ship : a Russian tale. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968.
Reyher, Rebecca. My mother is the most beautiful woman in the world : a Russian folktale. New York : Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard, c1945.
Rhee, Nami. Magic spring : a Korean folktale. New York : Putnam, c1993.
Riordan, James. Russian folk-tales. Oxford ;: Oxford University Press, c2000.
Rose, Naomi C. Tibetan tales from the top of the world. Santa Fe, N.M. : Clear Light Pub., c2009.
San Souci, Daniel. In the moonlight mist : a Korean tale. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 1999.
San Souci, Robert D. The samurai's daughter : a Japanese legend. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1992.
Shahrukh Husain. The wise fool : fables from the Islamic world. Cambridge, MA : Barefoot Books, 2011.
Shepard, Aaron. The sea king's daughter : a Russian legend. New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1997.
Shute, Linda. Momotaro, the Peach Boy : a traditional Japanese tale. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, c1986.
Singh, Rina. Nearly nonsense : Hoja tales from Turkey. Toronto : Tundra Books, c2011.
Souhami, Jessica. Rama and the demon king : an ancient tale from India. New York : DK Ink, 1997.
Spivak, Dawnine. Grass sandals : the travels of Basho. New York, N.Y. : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1997.
Tompert, Ann. Bamboo hats and a rice cake : a tale adapted from Japanese folklore. New York : Crown, c1993.
Walker, Barbara K. A treasury of Turkish folktales for children. Hamden, Conn. : Linnet Books, c1988.
Walker, Richard. The barefoot book of trickster tales. Brooklyn, N.Y. : Barefoot Books, 1998.
Winthrop, Elizabeth. The little humpbacked horse : a Russian tale. New York : Clarion Books, c1997.
Yep, Laurence. The Khan's daughter : a Mongolian folktale. New York : Scholastic, 1997.
Here's a website called Time for Kids where you might find additional online info on specific countries:
Here's a site where you can practice learning the continents and countries of the world:


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