MAY
11
2016

Expedition Earth: USA World Geography Unit

Hi friends! Want to learn all about the United States in a fun hands-on way? Look no further! As promised, I have our Expedition Earth World Geography study on the United States of America for you today.     Here are some more of the fun things we learned about on our expedition this week: Recited the Pledge of Allegiance (we do this daily anyway) Sang the USA National Anthem Located the USA and Washington D.C. on the world map Learned about the USA Flag American Flag Graham Cracker Snacks: (recipe below) Learn about the Statue of Liberty Sang an American Classic Song Vocabulary: Butte, Canyon, Geyser, Rapids, Gulch Learned about Mount Rushmore Watched a video of Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park Learned about the Great Lakes Learned about USA animals and classified them on our wall Animals from USA mini-book Learned about the Washington Monument Learned about the Navajo People Made a Navajo Sand … [Read more...]

APR
20
2016

Expedition Earth: Canada Unit Study

Salut and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Canada!   Here are some of the activities we did this week along with things I managed to capture on film! Say “Hello” in French: salut (silent t) , “Thank You” : merci Locate Canada and capital Ottawa on the wall map Sang a Canadian song Completed mapping and flag worksheets Read Children Just Like Me Book on Canada and found where they live on the map Learn about the Inuit Community Watched some cool videos from Nunavut Canada! (Warning, some of the video is a tad graphic, they harpoon a seal and eat it.) Learn more about Canada from National Geographic Kids Learn about Niagara Falls Learned about and classified 6 animals of Canada Animals from Canada mini-book Make snowshoes Lapbook Activity Make Ice Cream with Maple Topping Maple Leaf Prints activity Canadian Forest scene craft activity   We always start off by finding our country on our world wall map. … [Read more...]

APR
13
2016

Expedition Earth Spain Unit Study

Hola! And welcome back to another Expedition Earth post. This week we ventured through Spain learning all about their culture, landmarks, animals, climate, people, and more!   Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Spain and it’s capital on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about their flag How to say “Hello” in Spanish – Hola, buenos dias (good day), gracias (thank you) Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a song in Spanish Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Spain Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Straight Learned about Christopher Columbus (Even though he was originally from Italy, he spent most of his adult life in Spain) Learned about Pablo Picasso and tried a painting inspired by Deep Space Sparkle Went out for Spanish food…okay, so here it was more like Mexican food, but still yummy!   We always start off by finding our country on the map and checking out … [Read more...]

MAR
30
2016

Expedition Earth Italy World Geography Unit

Buon giorno and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Italy! As a country near and dear to my heart, we enjoyed learning about our heritage,  and I even learned some new things about Italy too! Psst….everything you see below can be found in my Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum.   Here are some of the things we covered: Located Italy on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about the Italian flag How to say “Hello” & “Thank you” in Italian – Ciao, Grazie Prayed for the Italian people Learned a song in Italian Completed a lapbook activity Learned Roman Numerals Learned about and classified 6 animals of Italy Learn a little about Italian Opera Vocabulary: Volcano Learned about volcanoes, including Mt Vesuvius and made a volcano Learn about the 5th Wonder of the World: The Roman Colosseum and made a model out of Foam Bricks. Learn about the Leaning Tower of Piza and made a model Learned about Michelangelo and … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2016

Expedition Earth: United Kingdom Unit Study

Shwmae & Hello!! Welcome to this week’s world geography unit. We’re meeting in the United Kingdom as part of our Expedition Earth World Geography Curriculum, I hope you will join us there! We had some a few fun crafts this week which always makes things more interesting, and we finished our week at an English Pub which meant I didn’t have to cook dinner Friday and I consider that a good week! First we found the U.K. on our world map, and added our mini-flag to make our mark:   We also learned: Where the United Kingdom is on the map, and found the North Sea Fun facts about the U.K. How to say “Hello” in Welsh– Shwmae! Prayed for the British people Sang a traditional English Song Completed a lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of the U.K. Made  Quilling Paper designs Learned about and made a small scale model of Stone Henge Learned about Big Ben and made a paper model   Here are some of the highlights of the … [Read more...]

FEB
21
2016

Expedition Earth Russia World Geography Unit

Dobrey Dyen! And welcome to another episode of Expedition Earth World Geography, this week we’re learning all about Russia! As you can see, my kids take their studies very seriously! Here are some of the things we learned about this week: Where Russia is on the world map & located Moscow A song in Russian How to Say ― Hello in Russian: привет (Privyet), Good Day добрый день (Dobrey Dyen) How to Say ― Thank You in Russian: Спасибо (Spasibo ) How to pray for the Russian people Listened to Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker About children in Russia Studied the Tundra Completed a Russia lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Russia Learned new Geography terms: Tundra, Plain, Peninsula, Swamp Learned about the North European Plains, Kamchatka Peninsula & Vasyugan Swamp Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Russia Made Matryoshka Dolls (Psst…all of the above fun stuff is included in the Expedition Earth … [Read more...]

FEB
14
2016

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! 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 … [Read more...]

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...]