The Trail Guide to U.S. Geography
is a family-friendly, multi-level curriculum guide for students in grades 3-12 to learn geography. With its trail markers (animal track icon) directed at three different grade levels, this book can be used for more than one academic school year and works well with a number of different student abilities learning together.
The Trail Guide to U.S. Geography
provides lesson plans and assignments for a 36-week school year.
Geography Trails Weekly:
Students use an atlas to answer two questions daily, gaining experience and proficiency with map reading and atlas usage.
Weekly mapping lists provide opportunities for students to label an outline map for inclusion in their personal Geography Notebook.
Trail Blazing - Personal Research and Discovery
Select 2-4 weekly additional assignments, which may include creating a chart or graph, research and study, art or craft, meal planning and preparation, designing a travel brochure, making flash cards or a crossword puzzle to aid in memorization, creating an illustrated geography dictionary, and so much more, flesh out the school week.
The final weeks of the school year we change it up with a Literature Review Unit, using family read-aloud time and a good novel.
Using the Trail Guide to U.S. Geography as your core, students will:
- Gain experience with map reading using an atlas
- Create their own personal geography notebook, or portfolio
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Learn countries and capitals
- Much more
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Resources used with Trail Guide to U.S. Geography
This curriculum guide with the following other required and optional resources make for an interesting year of geography studies and most can be used again when students have moved up a level:
Optional Complimentary Resources
These other optional additional resources meet more specific needs and aid in making this an even more interesting subject to study.
Eat Your Way Through the USA
- This cookbook is referenced in Trail Blazing assignments, and features complete meals for each of our fifty states. It is interesting how differently we eat across the country. Includes ingredients grown in the state, recipes the state is known for or, recipes submitted by families in that state. Food facts for each state add interest and provide opportunities for discussion while preparing the dish. Everyone loves to eat so cooking is an easy connection to any geography study.
Geography Through Art
- Introduces world and U.S. cultures in a medium children enjoy and relate to - Art! They learn what children in countries around the world do for art and create their own from the instructions provided. Many projects come with fascinating information of historical significance. Step by step drawing examples help students draw a number of different animals and more, and all project include great simple to follow instructions. Nineteen art projects from the U.S. aid this study with additional 100 more projects from around the world.
Cantering the Country
- Literature-based geography Unit Study based curriculum which will compliment the family geography study. For those who also have younger students, or who love finding real books to teach from. Using this book in tandom with Trail Guide to U.S. Geography
helps family members with different learning styles and ages learn together. Then each child can do activities and assignments selected for level and learning style.
U.S. Trail Guide Lapbook
- For younger students or hands-on learning types - adds depth to creating a fascinating World Geography Notebook.
- Great visual aid in compact size. Includes handy state facts students can use when creating data charts.
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