Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Geography Through Literature...

Bonjour, Hola, Hello!  I am so excited about the added emphasis on geography in my classroom this year!  Each week my students are "visiting" various countries through literature and after each trip, they complete a writing assignment and receive a stamp in their "passport."  To facilitate this study, I am reading aloud stories from Around the World in 80 Tales.  So far we have traveled from the USA to Canada to Guatemala--next stop...Venezuela!  I would definitely recommend this book to expand your students' understanding of culture and folk tales.
These are also web sites I have also found especially useful in this study:
1) Nat Geo for Kids--visit countries on virtual field trips and view pictures and videos!
2) Great Ideas and Hooks for Teaching the 7 Continents!

This is the version we sing in my class to help us remember the 7 continents (sung to the tune of He's Got the Whole World in His Hands):
We've got 7 continents, on our globe
We've got 7 continents, on our globe
We've got 7 continents, on our globe,
7 continents on our globe.

There's North and South America, on our globe
There's Europe, Asia, Africa, on our globe
There's Australia and Antarctica, on our globe
7 continents on our globe!

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