Good morning everyone!

So  you might have noticed that I took a short break from posting the Expedition Earth World Geography posts to make room for my December Christmas Extravaganza, but now we’re back in the swing of things. So I thought some homeschooling posts might be a good idea ;o)

So, moving on…

Buon giorno and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Italy! As a country near and dear to my heart this week, we had a great time, and I even learned some new things about Italy too!


We start every unit by locating the country on our world wall map. Everyone likes to do this, and so we take turns.

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: Geography from A-Z: Volcano
  • Learned about 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 painted upside down under a table
  • Made homemade spaghetti & meatballs with gelato for dessert!

We worked on our mapping worksheet, learning the capital, population, religion, language, and major landforms of Italy.



We learned about the Roman Colosseum and Leaning Tower of Pisa then tried to make our own using FloraCraft Bricks.



We learned about the Italian flag, and even found a few to wave.



We learned about Mt Vesuvius and made our own volcano explosion in the kitchen with the help of Nana.



Then Nana sat and showed us pictures from when my grandparents went to Italy years ago. It was cool to see the things we were studying in the album!



Since it snowed that week, my son took the initiative and made his own version of Mt Vesuvius out of snow:



Of course we learned about animals found in Italy and added them to our ever growing animal wall. I’m going to have to add more room as I slightly underestimated the amount of animals we had!



We also learned about Roman Numerals.



Of course we finished off our week by stamping our passports with the Italian flag:



Thanks for joining our week on Italy, next we’re on to Greece!


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!



  1. I love this curriculum!! Would I be able to incorporate this curriculum into my history because when I looks at your daily schedule I don’t see where it should go? Thank you again we are going to begin this coming Monday.

  2. Hi Erica,

    On this History post, your children look quit young. Is this what you’re currently using or are these pictures from a while ago?

    I’m wondering how you manage to get the Expedition Earth, Abeka History, and history pocket in at the same time.

    I have three small children and have a hard time just fitting in the basics.


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