Friday, November 29, 2013

Finishing up Geography Class

In studying Australia, we also talked a little about Oceania in general and some of the other major islands in that region.  We talked a lot about the unusual animals found in Australia and they created a little Koala figure to take home.  I try to provide them with a variety of map work and coloring page activities to take home to enhance their learning during the week.  There are a wealth of things available online and Enchanted learning now includes a lot of map work activities at their website.

Books regarding Australia:
Arnold, Caroline. A platypus' world. Minneapolis, Minn. : Picture Window Books, c2008. 

Arnold, Caroline. A wombat's world. Minneapolis, Minn. : Picture Window Books, c2008. 
Arnold, Caroline. A koala's world. Minneapolis, Minn. : Picture Window Books, c2008.
Arnold, Marsha Diane. The pumpkin runner. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c1998.
Australia's first people : the world's oldest culture?. Peterborough, NH : Cobblestone Pub., 2013.
Australia. New York, NY : Kids Discover, 2009.
Baker, Jeannie. Where the forest meets the sea. New York : Greenwillow Books, c1987.
Costain, Meredith. You wouldn't want to be an 18th-century British convict! : a trip to Australia you'd rather not take. New York : Franklin Watts, 2007, c2005.
Czernecki, Stefan. The singing snake. New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c1993.
Dennard, Deborah. Koala country : a story of an Australian eucalyptus forest. Norwalk, Conn. : Soundprints, 2000.
Eversole, Robyn. Flood fish. New York : Crown, 1995.
Fox, Mem. Possum magic. San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1990.
French, Jackie. Diary of a baby wombat. Boston : Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010.
Gentle, Victor. Dingoes. Milwaukee, WI : G. Stevens, 2002.
George, Linda. The koalas of Australia. Danbury, Conn. : Hilltop Books, 1998.
Hengel, Katherine. It's a baby Tasmanian devil!. Edina, Minn. : ABDO Pub. Co., c2010.
Kalman, Bobbie. Australian outback food chains. New York : Crabtree, c2007.
Kalman, Bobbie. The life cycle of a koala. New York : Crabtree Pub. Co., c2002.
Lester, Alison. Are we there yet? : a journey around Australia. La Jolla, Calif. : Kane/Miller, 2005.
Lester, Alison. Ernie dances to the didgeridoo : for the children of Gunbalanya. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
Maddern, Eric. Rainbow bird : an aboriginal folktale from Northern Australia. Boston : Little, Brown and Co., 1993.
Markle, Sandra. Finding home. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2008.
Marshall, James Vance. Stories from the Billabong. London : Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2008.
McLeod, Kate. Outback adventure : Australian vacation. London ;: DK Pub., 2004.
Molnar, Michael. Humpback whales. Mankato, MN : Smart Apple Media, 2012.
Morpurgo, Michael. Wombat goes walkabout. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2000.
Noonuccal, Oodgeroo. Dreamtime : aborginal stories. New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1994.
Spilsbury, Louise. Watching kangaroos in Australia. Chicago, Ill. : Heinemann Library, c2006.
Vaughan, Marcia K. Snap!. New York : Scholastic, 1996.
Wolkstein, Diane. Sun Mother wakes the world : an Australian creation story. New York : HarperCollins, 2004.
In taking a look at Antarctica, I used some books I had at home, along with the map work, etc.  I also picked up various mini-books from online (a lot from Homeschool Share) and helped the kids create a small lapbook.  Here are some books that relate to that continent:

Aloian, Molly. The Antarctic habitat. New York : Crabtree Pub. Co., c2007.  

Antarctica. New York : Kids Discover, 2012. 
Bang, Molly. Ocean sunlight : how tiny plants feed the seas. New York : Blue Sky Press, 2012.
Bortz, Alfred B. Martian fossils on earth? : the story of meteorite ALH 84001. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, c1997.
Bredeson, Carmen. Emperor penguins up close. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Elementary, c2006.
Cerullo, Mary M. Sea soup : phytoplankton. Gardiner, Me. : Tilbury House, c1999.
Foster, Leila Merrell. Antarctica. Chicago, Ill. : Heinemann Library, c2006.
Gibbons, Gail. Whales. New York : Holiday House, c1991.
Gonzales, Doreen. The stormy southern ocean. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, Inc., c2014.
Green, Jen. You wouldn't want to be a polar explorer! : an expedition you'd rather not go on. New York : Franklin Watts, 2001.
Greenberg, Daniel A. Whales. New York : Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, c2001.
Hodge, Judith. Penguins. Hauppauge, NY : Barron's, 1999.
Hooper, Meredith. Antarctic adventure : exploring the frozen South. New York : DK Pub., 2000.
Kalman, Bobbie. Explore Antarctica. New York, NY : Crabtree Pub. Co., c2007.
Mastro, Jim. Antarctic ice. New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2003.
McDonald, Kellie. Antarctica. Crystal Lake, IL : Heinemann Library, c1997.
Moore, Heidi. Ocean food chains. Chicago, Ill. : Heinemann Library, c2011.
Osborne, Mary Pope. Penguins and Antarctica : a nonfiction companion to Eve of the emperor
penguins. New York : Random House, c2008.
Pringle, Laurence. Whales! : strange and wonderful. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, c2003.
Roberts, Jordan. March of the penguins. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2006.
Robinson, Fiona. Whale shines : an artistic tale.
Rylant, Cynthia. The whales. New York : Blue Sky Press, c1996.
Sierra, Judy. Antarctic antics : a book of penguin poems. San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., c1998.
Simon, Seymour. Whales. New York : Crowell, 1989.
Spilsbury, Louise. Watching penguins in Antarctica. Chicago, Ill. : Heinemann Library, c2006.
Teitelbaum, Michael. Baby penguin slips and slides. San Anselmo, CA : Treasure Bay, Inc., c2009.
Tulloch, Coral. Antarctica : the heart of the world. New York : Enchanted Lion Books, 2006.
Viva, Frank. A trip to the bottom of the world with Mouse : a Toon Book. New York : Toon Books, 2012.
Webb, Sophie. My season with penguins : an Antarctic journal. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2000

 We reviewed seasonal differences for areas in the southern hemisphere.  We talked about the continent of Antarctica and compared it to Australia in terms of size and shape.  We talked about the Southern Ocean which surrounds Antarctica and all the animals that live in the waters around that continent and about penguin migrations from there during the winter.  We also contrasted Arctic vs. Antarctic again.

Next week, we will finish up by taking a look at the Arctic region.  Here are some books related to that part of the world:

Andrews, Jan. Very last first time. New York : Atheneum, 1986.  

Bania, Michael. Kumak's fish : a tall tale from the far north. Portland, Or. : Alaska Northwest Books, 2004. 
Bauer, David. Adding arctic animals. Mankato, Minn. : Yellow Umbrella Books, c2004.
Berendes, Mary. Beluga whales. [Chanhassen, MN] : Child's World, c1999.
Berger, Melvin. Penguins swim but don't get wet : and other amazing facts about polar animals. New York : Scholastic, c2004.
Bernhard, Emery. How Snowshoe Hare rescued the sun : a tale from the Arctic. New York : Holiday House, c1993.
Bredeson, Carmen. Baby animals of the frozen tundra. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, c2009.
Brett, Jan. The three snow bears. New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, c2007.
Brown, Tricia. Children of the midnight sun : young native voices of Alaska. Anchorage : Alaska Northwest Books, c1998.
Cunningham, Kevin. The Inuit. New York : Children's Press, c2011.
Dabcovich, Lydia. The polar bear son : an Inuit tale. New York : Clarion Books, 1997.
Darling, Kathy. Arctic babies. New York : Walker, 1996.
DeArmond, Dale. The seal oil lamp. San Francisco, CA : Sierra Club Books ;, c1988.
Dixon, Dougal. City bear. Columbus, Ohio : Waterbird Books, 2004.
Edwardson, Debby Dahl. Whale snow. Watertown, MA : Talewinds, c2003.
Flowers, Pam. Big-enough Anna : the little sled dog who braved the Arctic. Anchorage, AK : Alaska
Northwest Books, 2003.
George, Jean Craighead. The last polar bear. New York : Laura Geringer Books, c2009.
George, Jean Craighead. Snow Bear. New York : Hyperion Books for Children, c1999.
Glassman, Jackie. Amazing arctic animals. New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2002.
Guiberson, Brenda Z. Ice bears. New York : Henry Holt, c2008.
Heuer, Karsten. Being caribou : five months on foot with a caribou herd. New York, N.Y. : Walker, 2007.
Hiscock, Bruce. The big caribou herd : life in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, c2003.
Hodge, Deborah. Polar animals. Toronto, ON ;: Kids Can Press, 2008.
Houston, James. TiktaŹ¼liktak : an Eskimo legend. New York : Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965.
Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane. Arctic hunter. New York : Holiday House, 1992.
Joosse, Barbara M. Mama, do you love me?. San Francisco : Chronicle Books, 1991.
Kusugak, Michael. My Arctic 1, 2, 3. Toronto ;: Annick Press, 1996.
Lassieur, Allison. The Inuit. Mankato, Minn. : Bridgestone Books, c2000.
Love, Ann. The kids book of the far north. Toronto, ON ;: Kids Can Press, c2000.
Mack, Lorrie. Arctic. London ;: DK, 2007.
Matthews, Downs. Arctic foxes. New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1995.
Miller, Debbie S. Arctic lights, arctic nights. New York : Walker & Co., 2003.
Miller, Debbie S. A polar bear journey. Boston : Little, Brown, 1997.
Osborne, Mary Pope. Polar bears and the Arctic : a nonfiction companion to polar bears past bedtime. New York : Random House, c2007.
Person, Stephen. Arctic fox : very cool!. New York, N.Y. : Bearport Pub., c2009.
Preszler, June. Igloos. Mankato, Minn. : Capstone Press, c2005.
Rau, Dana Meachen. The inside story Igloo. Tarrytown, N.Y. : Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, c2007.
Rosinsky, Natalie M. The inuit. Minneapolis, Minn. : Compass Point Books, c2005.
Schreiber, Anne. Scholastic's The magic school bus in the Arctic : a book about heat. New York : Scholstic, c1998.
Sill, Cathryn P. Oceans. Atlanta : Peachtree, c2012.
Sloat, Teri. The hungry giant of the Tundra. New York : Dutton Children's Books, c1993.
Steltzer, Ulli. Building an igloo. New York : H. Holt, 1995.
Taylor, Harriet Peck. Ulaq and the northern lights. New York : Farrar Straus Girous, 1998.
Teitelbaum, Michael. Baby polar bears' snow-day. San Anselmo, CA : Treasure Bay, Inc., c2009.
Ulmer, Michael. The gift of the Inuksuk. Chelsea, MI : Sleeping Bear Press, 2004.
Wells, Robert E. Polar bear, why is your world melting?. Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2008.
Worth, Bonnie. Ice is nice!. New York : Random House, c2010.
Yacowitz, Caryn. Inuit Indians. Chicago. Ill. : Heinemann Library, c2003.
Yolen, Jane. Welcome to the ice house. New York : Putnam, 1998. 
I will be completing another small lapbook with them related to the Arctic, as well as playing a game about Arctic animals.
I will try to see if I can find the links for some of the hand outs I have used and post those later,

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