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Trail Guide to U.S. Geography FAQ

How can I learn more from people who are using this curriculum?

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If I buy the Trail Guide with these additional resources can I get a discount?

From time to time, we offer discounts when you buy a bundle of resources that compliment the Trail Guide to U. S. Geography. See the Specials section of our Website.

Do I really need the World Almanac?

In the Trail Guide to U.S. Geography students 8th grade and up will gain daily practice using the almanac. Too many students (and adults) are intimidated by the thickness and fine print of almanacs and therefore do not use them. Students will find out from personal usage just how handy knowing how to use an almanac can be.

Questions are graduated by ease of finding the answers. The first few weeks students are using the same section of the almanac. Questions stay in the same section long enough for students to feel comfortable using the almanac. Helpful hints are provided in parenthesis after many questions to assist students in thinking where to look in the index.

Students will also use pieces of information to calculate answers. This improves critical thinking skills. All answers and formulas are included in the back of the Trail Guide.

What other resources do I need to use this book?

Highly Recommended:

  • Outline Maps—for mapping assignments (We recommend Illustrated Atlas of the United States—for mapping assignments and daily geography drills. The U.S. map in a world atlas is not sufficient. You need maps for each state. [Note: We originally recommended the Millennium Atlas of the United States which has gone out of print. The Illustrated Atlas of the United States, published in 2005, appears to be the exact same atlas.]
  • World Almanac for daily Geography Trails drills for the secondary student (grades 8-high school)

    Additional helpful resources:
  • The Captain's Dog by Roland Smith used during the last 6 weeks of the year for literature unit. Students will read about the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the eyes of a dog, map the trail and choose from a variety of additional assignments. You may be able to obtain this book from the library.
  • Geography Through Art by Sharon and Jamie Aramini used for all art projects. Categorized by continent and listed in the Trail Guide, which project to do when appropriate to each state study.
  • Geography Terms Chart—great visual aid for understanding geography's physical terms. Used as a resource for weekly Illustrated Geography Dictionary assignments.
  • USA/World Double-Sided Map—recommended for 2nd or third graders doing the primary level.

Can I teach more than one student at a time?

Yes, this book was designed to allow teachers and parents to teach a variety of student levels all at once. All students are studying the same topic, but doing assignments at their own academic level. Assignment choices range from research to art to making crossword puzzles, salt dough maps and keeping a geography notebook and much more. Choose assignments for each student that meets their learning style and interest and you'll have a great time learning together. Set aside one day each month to let each student share what he/she is learning with the others.

How many years can I use the Trail Guide to U.S. Geography?

You can use this book for at least 3 years. The daily drills (Geography Trails) are written for 3 levels. You can use any of the remaining trails or levels for subsequent years as a simple geography moment each day to keep atlas usage state facts, and geoTerms fresh.

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