NOV
17
2015

Expedition Earth: India

Namaste! I hope you have a few minutes today to join us on our Expedition Earth travels through India! We’ve learned a lot about India culture this week, and tried some amazing food as well. We started off by finding India on the map, then we located the capital, as well as the Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea. India is the 7th largest country in the world. It also boasts some of the world’s most amazing landmarks as well. The Taj Mahal is located in northern India and is one of the world’s most magnificent buildings. The structure was completed in1643 and is a white marble monument built by the 5th Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The world's largest pilgrimage destination is in India. It is called the Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupati. Around 30,000 people visit this temple daily, donating about $6 million US dollars everyday. The most rainfall in the world ever in a month's time fell at Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. It was in July 1861 and 9,300 … [Read more...]

OCT
27
2015

Expedition Earth Israel World Geography

Shalom! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography week on Israel!   And of course we always start out by locating Israel on the map. This is the smallest country we’ve done so far, so the kids really had to look to find it. As we enter into each country we make sure add our flag sticker and date our passport with our entry date. When we’re done at the end of the week, we add in our exit date. 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   We learned some fun facts about Israel including how to say hello in … [Read more...]

OCT
11
2015

Expedition Earth World Geography: Japan

Konnichiwa! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Japan.  As you know we’re touring Asia currently, and having a ton of fun. This week we focused on Japanese culture, landmarks, and of course food! Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean filled with high-rise cities, imperial palaces, and mountainous national parks. Including thousands of shrines and temples. The capital of Japan is Tokyo and it’s known for its skyscrapers and pop culture. The more natural side of Japan features Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, beautiful gardens, and the lovely cherry blossoms. More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes! Wow! The national dish there is sushi, which is one of my favorites so I can’t wait for “Fun Food Friday”! In the meantime let’s take a closer look at this amazing country!   Of course we start off our journey by finding Japan on our world wall map. We take turns doing this, and I printed off an extra copy of our … [Read more...]

OCT
06
2015

Expedition Earth South Korea World Geography

Ahn-yong! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on South Korea! We’re entering our 2nd country in Asia this week, and enjoying learning about Did you know that the capitol of South Korea is Seoul? It is the capitol, and the largest city in the country with over 50 million people. The coastline of South Korea comprises 6,228 km. And there are nearly 3000 islands situated in the Yellow Sea and Korean Strait. South Korea is spread over 38,000 square miles. Hallasan, a former volcano standing at 1950 meters, is the highest altitude in South Korea. It is also ranked first in technology readiness, and it’s public transportation infrastructure is the world’s densest and also ranked best in the Northern Hemisphere! This week we… Completed our Mapping Worksheet Learned the South Korean song Prayed for the country Learned how to say hello in Korean Learned about the flag and colored our worksheet Learned about children in S. Korea Learned about animals in S. … [Read more...]

SEP
17
2015

Expedition Earth: China Geography Unit

Ni Hao! As most of you know we’re going through my Expedition Earth curriculum again this year, and the kids couldn’t be more excited! The last time we did this it was 2010 and Miss Lady Bug was only about 2 years old! Since she never got the chance to go through it, and it’s been several years, we thought now would be a great time to travel the globe again! So we’re starting off our journeys by visiting China. Did you know that China has the largest population in the world, with over 1.3 billion people? It is also the 3rd largest country with an area of approximately 3,747,879 sq. miles. The Yangtze River (3rd longest in the world) and the Yellow River (6th longest in the world) are both found in China. And the Great Wall of China is the largest man made structure in the world stretching an amazing 5,500 miles! China’s Yangtze river is also home to the rare and endangered giant panda bear. The bear eats as much as 22 pounds of bamboo a day, and can live to be about 20 years old … [Read more...]

APR
23
2014

World Geography: Morocco Unit Study

  Marhaban and welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography unit study on Morocco! So of course we started by going over all the countries we’ve learned so far, then found Morocco on the map.   Snow in Morocco? Did you know that it snows in Morocco? Contrary to popular believe, Morocco receives quite a high annual snowfall and snow skiing is becoming a popular holiday activity! There are several snow skiing resorts in Morocco found in the High Atlas Mountains where temperatures plumet! And that’s just one of the cool things we learned about this week!   Here are some of the things we learned on our voyage: Located Morocco and The Straight of Gibraltar on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Moroccan Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Arabic – مرحبا pronounced Mar-ha-ban Prayed for the people of Morocco and Riffi Berbers Read: Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book … [Read more...]

APR
17
2014

World Geography: Kenya Unit Study

Jambo everyone, and welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography week in Kenya! Here are Some Things We Learned: Where Kenya is on the world map & located Nairobi Learned a song in Swahili How to say “Hello” in Swahili Prayed for the people of Kenya, and Ethiopia Learned about children in of Ethiopia Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a Kenya lapbook activity Read: Living World Encyclopedia about Grasslands Completed and classified animals of Kenya Learned new Geography Vocabulary Made Decorative Necklaces Learned more about Kenya from National Geographic Kids Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Kenya Learned about Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) Learned about The Congo. And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o) Here was my white board for the week:   … [Read more...]

APR
09
2014

World Geography: South Africa Unit Study

Our Expedition Earth World Geography journey has brought us to the continent of Africa. So, Haai! And welcome to South Africa! The kids have been excited about Africa and it’s finally here! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: Some Things We Learned: Where S. Africa is on the world map & located Cape Town Learned a song in Afrikaans How to say “Hello” in Afrikaans Prayed for the people of South Africa, and Xhosa Learned about children in Botswana (I know, not part of S. Africa, but its close by and it was in our book) Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a South Africa lapbook activity Learned about the Baobab Tree (a.k.a. The Upside Down Tree) Completed and classified animals of South Africa Learned new Geography Vocabulary Made an Apple and Cheese Crumble dessert Learned more about South Africa from … [Read more...]

APR
02
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Argentina

Buen Dia’ and welcome to our World Geography unit study! This week we’re learning all about Argentina! Did you know the Iguazu Falls are a series of falls on the Iguacu River that stretch a distance of over two miles. Their name comes from an Indian word meaning great water.  That’s just one of the cool things we learned about this week! So of course we started by going over all the countries we’ve learned so far, then found Argentina on the map. Here are some of the things we learned on our voyage: Located Argentina and The Pampas on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Argentina Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the people of Argentina and Uruguay Learned an Argentinian Song Read: Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity  Geography from A-Z: arsh, Meander Learned about and classified 6 animals of … [Read more...]

MAR
27
2014

World Geography Unit Study: Peru

Hola! We’re back today with another Expedition Earth World Geography unit study for you! This week we’re focusing on Peru. Did you know that Peru’s Macchu Pichu was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007, along with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal? That was just one of the cool things we learned about this week. Read on to see what else we did… So of course we started off our week by finding Peru on the map, then stamping our passports!   Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Peru and The Andes Mountain Range on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Peruvian Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola (Hello) Buen Dia’ (Good Day)! Prayed for the people of Peru Learned a Peruvian Song Completed our mini lap book activity Learn about the 3rd Wonder of the World: Machu Picchu Learned about and classified 6 animals of Peru Learned more about … [Read more...]