The Trail Guide to World 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 World Geography
provides lesson plans and assignments for a 36-week school year.
Geography Trails Weekly
: Days 1-4
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 World 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
- Study cultures and peoples
- Learn countries and capitals
- Much more
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Resources used with Trail Guide to World 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
- 3- Level Trail Guide to World Geography Notebook printable pdf files (or a good set of Outline Maps) form the core of the Geography Notebook (Of course, we recommend Uncle Josh’s Outline Map Book or Collection on CD-ROM if you don’t choose the Geography Notebook files).
- World Atlas — required resource for atlas drills and mapping assignments. The specific atlases below were used to form the questions making it a basic 5-minute drill. You know the answers are there. A separate atlas is needed for each level.
- Primary level (3-4th grades) — Jr. Classroom Atlas
- Intermediate Level (5th-7th grades) — Classroom Atlas
- Secondary Level (8-high school) — Atlas of World Geography
- 9-week Literature Review Unit using Around the World in 80 Days
- Around the World in 80 Days - read-aloud novel for 9-week literature review unit
- Geographical Terms Chart - visual aid for learning geography terms
These other optional additional resources meet more specific needs and aid in making this an even more interesting subject to study.
Encyclopedia of World Geography
- Key resource for Trail Blazing assignments. Or students can use library, internet etc.
Eat Your Way Around the World
- This cookbook is referenced in Trail Blazing assignments, and features complete meals typical to thirty different countries. Includes international etiquette, food facts, and more. Everyone loves to eat so cooking is an easy connection to any world geography study.
Geography Through Art
- Introduces world 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.
Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
- For added depth at the middle school level, course credit at the high school level, and basic geography instruction for parents with little to no understanding of geography
World Trail Guide Lapbook
- For younger students or hands-on learning types - adds depth to creating a fascinating World Geography Notebook.
Galloping the Globe
- 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 tandem with Trail Guide to World 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.
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