OCT
02
2013

World Geography Israel Unit Study

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Have you been looking for an exciting voyage across the world! Come along as we walk on the Great Wall of China, wander through the Amazon Rainforest, and climb the Egyptian Pyramids! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of 31 countries across the globe. You’ll get hands-on with fun activities, crafts, recipes and more! So grab your passports, and get ready to go! It’s time for Expedition Earth Thursday! Shalom! And welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Israel! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Where Israel is on the map, the Mediterranean Sea, the Dead Sea, and the capital A song in Hebrew How to say “Hello” in Hebrew How to pray for the Jewish people About children in Israel Completed a lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Israel Learned new Geography terms Made a stone inlay craft Learned about the Dome of the Rock Learned about the 7th Wonder of the World: Petra in Jordan … [Read more...]

SEP
25
2013

World Geography India Unit Study

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Namaste! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on India! This week we learned a lot about India’s culture and animals! Of course we started off by stamping our passports!   Here are some more of the things we learned about this week: Completed our Mapping Worksheet Learned the Anilae Anilae song (Wee Sing CD) Prayed for India Learned how to say hello in Hindi Learned about the flag and colored our worksheet Learned about Children in India Made a Lassi, the Taj Mahal and an inlayed jewel stone craft Completed our India Lapbook component Tried Indian cuisine And as usual, at the end of the week, we stamped our passports! We found India on the map, then located the capital, Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea: We colored and learned about the flag of India. We made fun inlay jewel mosaics. For this I used self hardening Crayola Clay and plastic jewels. We learned about animals from India: Then we talked about the facts we … [Read more...]

SEP
11
2013

World Geography South Korea Unit Study

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Ahn-yong-ha-seh-yo! We had a great week learning about South Korea using our Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum. TinkerBell especially liked the song this week, the vibrato was right up her alley! I apologize for the lack of pictures for this week, but the unthinkable happened on day 3…that’s right…I dropped my camera on the hard wood floor and well…let’s just say it’s apparently not okay to do that. First I panicked, next I tried desperately to fix it, then I called my mommy crying and she happened to have a spare camera which she so kindly donated to our cause. Thanks MOM! But despite this sadly lacking in photos post, we did have fun week! We worked on our Animal Unit lapbook components: Here is everyone displaying their favorite animal: We added our animals to the Classification Wall: We did our lapbook activity: And we made jeweled crowns: Here are some more of the things we learned about this week some of which will sadly only exist in our memories … [Read more...]

SEP
04
2013

World Geography China Unit Study

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Ni Hao! And welcome to our unit study on China! This week we learned all about the China, made some fun crafts, and ate some wonderful food as we learned all about China and it’s people in our Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for China:   We learned: Where China is on the world map & located Beijing, Huang He River and the Yangtze River A song in Mandarin How to say “Hello” in Mandarin How to pray for the Chinese people About children in China Chinese Numbers Studied the Great Wall of China Completed a china lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of China Read The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack Learned new Geography terms Played Chinese Checkers Learned major landmarks and other … [Read more...]

DEC
28
2010

2010 Geography Fair

Thanks to some of my wonderful blog readers we were able to come up with the coolest boards for our Geography Fair this year! My daughter did China, she read a wonderful report and presented her Great wall of China display. (Her outfit came from a lovely friend of mine,  I realize it’s a little more Japanese, but don’t tell her that!) My son did his report on Japan, he was a total super star. His sister sat quietly by incase he needed help with bigger words, and after the morning practice we did I was slightly concerned for the audience. But it’s so cool when you get to see your kids just bring it to the table when the pressures on! He did better than I could’ve hoped and even pushed his sister away letting her know he didn’t need her help. You can’t tell because he’s in front of them, but thanks to my mom he had real Samurai Swords to show off, of course this was his favorite part of the display! (They’re shown in the top picture if you’re interested, and no, they … [Read more...]

NOV
13
2010

Care package from Japan

We were so excited to receive this awesome care package from one of my readers who lives in Japan! She nicely put together a whole selection full of goodies for my kids! We’re having a blast going through all of it, and my kids and I want to give a HUGE thank you to Marla for her kindness and generosity! They were so excited to see things from Japan since they studied it a few weeks back for our Expedition Earth Geography studies. My son was so excited that he’s going to do Japan for our Geography fair in December and we’ll be using some of this cool stuff for our display! Thanks so much Marla, this was so cool! … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Thailand Floating Boats Craft

Sawa dee ka! This week we made Krathong Floating boats for our Geography Curriculum week on Thailand! This craft went much better than our Columbus Day Boat craft so I thought I’d share our building strategies! Supplies: Cardboard Masking Tape Tin Foil Popsicle sticks and any other decorating items you’d like Play-doh (optional: we used it to secure the popsicle sticks that were holding up the sails) Directions: STEP 1: Cut a rectangle out of cardboard and fold in each side so it makes a “U” shape as below. I used masking tape to hold it in place. STEP 2: Cover the boat with tin foil, making sure to pinch ends together in a pointy shape to keep water from getting into boat. STEP 3: Using popsicle sticks and whatever else you like, decorate your boat. We used the sticks for oars and also to hold up our sails. We placed a small ball of play-doh inside the boats and stuck the sail popsicle sticks into it. Step 4: Present your finished boat … [Read more...]

NOV
04
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Thailand

Sawa dee ka! Welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Thailand! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other,  Sawa dee ka! Each day we review all the countries we’ve learned so far. I also ask about capitals, language, how to say hello and what the money is for each country just for review. Of course we learned about animals found in Thailand and then added them to our Animal Wall   We worked on our Mapping Thailand activity:   We made these cute Krathong Floating Boats after studying about the Thailand Floating Markets: Since Thailand was our last country in Asia, we did a quick review of all the countries and colored in the ones we learned about on the Asia map. Of course we went out for Thai food to complete our week! It’s all part of my “Erica doesn’t cook on Friday nights” meal plan ;o) When we were eating my preschooler saw the waiter walk by and started saying “sawa dee ka! sawa dee ka!” he … [Read more...]

OCT
19
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Israel

Shalom! Welcome to our Geography Curriculum week on Israel! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other, Shalom! We located Israel on the map. This is the smallest country we’ve done so far, so the kids really had to look to find it. We played the Israeli version of tic tac toe. instead of marking your spot with an X or an O they use colored rocks. And instead of putting them in the blanks the rocks are placed on the intersections of the lines. 3 in a row wins! We learned about the Dome of the Rock, and made a painting with foil on top. We worked on our Israel Lapbook Component: We learned about animals found in Israel, the Teeny Tot was particularly tickled with this activity. We finished our animal lapbooks then classified them on our wall, here are our favorites: We made these cool stone inlays that we’ll use as coasters. I do have to point out that this didn’t go quite as smoothly as I’d expected because I … [Read more...]

OCT
13
2010

Expedition Earth ~ India

Namaste! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on India! This week we learned a lot about India's culture and animals! Of course we started off by stamping our passports! We found India on the map, then located the capital, Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea: We colored and learned about the flag of India. We made fun inlay jewel mosaics. For this I used self hardening Crayola Clay and plastic jewels. We learned about animals from India: Then we talked about the facts we learned about them and classified them on our wall. We learned about the Taj Mahal, and then made a craft. Oh the paper Taj Mahal craft…sigh…what can i say other than this was a task! I ended up having to put most of it together as the cutting was a bit tedious. Also, a tip for you: Make sure to ENLARGE this quite a bit. I quadrupled the size of it and the little tops were still difficult to fold in. I think it would have been easier if it were bigger. We made Lassi (a sweet drink) I liked this, but the … [Read more...]