Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday - Geography Awareness Week 11/16-22

Geography does more than answer the question, “Where's over there and why and what should we care?” It is the study of Earth and life on Earth. Everyone lives on Earth; therefore, everyone should know about Earth and how it works. Learning this will help us take better care of it and become more responsible global citizens.
Today, geography is divided into two branches: cultural geography and physical geography. Cultural geography relates to human culture and its impact on Earth. Physical geography relates to Earth's natural features. There are five themes of geography: location, place, human environment interaction, movement, and region. Location means the exact location of a place and its relation to another place. Place is the physical and human characteristics of a location. Human environment interaction deals with people interaction with the environment and that impact. Movement is the actual travel of people from one place to another. Region is everything that surrounds the location.

Here are a few good Geography books for this week
Easily understood vocabulary along with great illustrations make this a must-have book.
Great book to help your little ones learn perspective.
Learn map-reading skills in typical Dr. Seuss fashion.

Here are two website games to play.
The first game is matching U.S. states shapes. It lists the state's name and will mark the answer correct if the state is even close to the correct map location; which is especially nice with the New England states.

And the second game is finding treasure on a map using latitude and longitude. An easy game for the little ones just getting started with latitude and longitude.

Want a group activity?
You could create a salt dough map, but my kids have always loved making a yummier map. Ahead of time make a big batch of cookie dough. Roll out the dough to 1/4” thickness and using outlines of the chosen state/country/continent, have the students cut the cookie dough into the desired shape and bake according to directions.
Using icing to attach, have students locate and mark:
capitals (candy star)
mountains (mini chocolate chips)
large cities (mini M&Ms)
rivers/lakes (blue icing)

Please check out my Geography Thematic Centers and Worksheets

And my Geography Count & Clip Cards

Have a marvelous week!!

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