Expedition Earth: Thailand World Geography Unit

Sawa dee ka! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography week where we’re learning all about Thailand!

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Of course we always start off by finding the country on our world wall map. This year I printed & laminated an extra sheet of our country flags and we’ve been adding them to the map as we go. It’s been kind of fun to track all of our travels!

Here are some of the things we learned about Thailand:

  • Where Thailand is on the map, the Gulf of Thailand, the Mekong River, and the capital Bangkok.
  • How to say “Hello” in Thai – Sawa dee Ka!
  • We prayed for the Thai people
  • About children in Thailand
  • Completed a lapbook activity
  • Completed and classified animals of Thailand
  • Learned new Geography terms
  • Made a Krathong floating boat craft
  • Learned more about Thailand—National Geographic
  • Learned about the Thailand Floating Markets
  • We watched a video on the Floating Market (Warning, there is mention of Thailand’s red light district at time stamp 5:44)

 

One of the new additions to my curriculum that we didn’t have last time around are these cute post cards. The kids are having fun making up their own cards for each country. Here’s Strawberry Shortcake’s card for Thailand. Looks like we’re enjoying the yummy Thai cuisine!

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Here is a collection of all of her postcards from our Asian trips…

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We also learned some fun facts about Thailand and then added our mini-book to the world lapbook that we’re working on.

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Out of all of the languages, Sawa dee-ka was the one that everyone remembered! We say it to our favorite Thai restaurant manager whenever we go there. And we go there a lot, so he knows us well LOL!

Although he doesn’t approve of homeschooling and tries to get me to put the kids in school whenever we go there, he was excited to see that we taught the kids a little bit about Thailand!

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Here’s Turbo locating the capital of Thailand in our Atlas. Once located, he passes it to a sibling with the longitude and latitude coordinates for them to find.

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Our cousins took a visit to Thailand and surrounding countries this summer and brought back some money for us to check out. The kids were excited to have real money to see! This is a mix of Thai coin and the Vietnam Dong.

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Turbo thinks he’s struck it rich!

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And here’s Tinker Bell adding an animal to our animal wall! We always pick numbers to see who get’s to read the fact sheet for each animal and add it to the wall.

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Last time we went through this they had fun making these Thailand Floating Boats as we learned about the floating markets there.

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Throw Back to 2010 when we last studied Thailand… Look how tiny they were!

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When we were eating my preschooler saw the waiter walk by and started saying “sawa dee ka! sawa dee ka!” he was so thrilled that she could say hello in Thai that he came and taught us a few more words, then took our picture! We got wonderful service after that too! Here’s my yummy Phad Thai, even the kids liked it! And with fried bananas and homemade coconut ice cream for dessert a good time was had by all!

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Click here if you’d like to follow along with our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum Journey!

Expedition Earth is a hands on world geography curriculum that covers 31 countries across the world. It is designed primarily for K-5th grade students. Students will learn the continents, oceans, people, cultures, animals, climates, try new foods, crafts and more, all through hands-on activities!

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7 Comments

  • Rosenda February 15, 2016 at 1:07 am

    Does this unit cover Pakistan?

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    • Christa February 16, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Rosenda, we are currently using this curriculum. We studied Southern Asia, learning a song with all of the countries listed that included Pakistan. Our main country we studied in Southern Asia was India. In that week long study, one of the days included reading about India and Pakistan from Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography.

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    • erica February 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

      No, I’m sorry, it does not cover Pakistan 🙂

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  • Christa February 16, 2016 at 9:03 am

    We are right behind you! Learning about Thailand this week. Love the idea of laminating the flag sheet and attaching to world map. Going to do that today.

    Wanted to let you know – on day 1 of Thailand, the link to National Geographic-Kids goes to their main site instead of link straight to Thailand info.

    Also, in the India study, for the Geography song on days Mon, Tues, Wed, you have listed song #16 Southeast Asia, I discovered it should be Song #15 South Asia.

    Thanks for your awesome curriculum! We are having a wonderful time learning about our world!

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    • erica February 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

      Thanks, I’ll take a look at it!

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  • Jess February 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Good morning Erica!

    I’m looking into curriculum for next year and I was curious if you would recommend Expedition Earth for 8th, 7th and 6th graders. Will this be too simple for my older student?

    Thanks!
    Jess

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    • erica February 23, 2016 at 11:54 am

      We’re doing it with my 6th and 7th grader now, and it is a bit easy for them, but there are extra quizzes and reports you can give to your older students included which can help make it more challenging for them. It’s really too easy for 8th grade.

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