Summer is a time for travel and learning about new places. Today, we wanted to highlight some resources we have in Overdrive, whether you are staying right in your home town or travelling around the world, these resources will help your student learn about geography.
Canadian Cities Unit Study by Vera Tembach (Grades 2-3)
Loaded with practical activities to help students learn about communities, Canadian Cities combines geography, math, tourism, and language arts into a comprehensive social studies program. Students will learn the capital cities of Canada and how to locate them on a map. They will locate cities within the province of Saskatchewan on a map and discover elements unique to their city. Independent learning activities, fun tourism reports, task cards, a big book and Canada’s capital city game are all included. Students will also discover elements unique to a city, participate in group work, and read a dramatic role. This Social Studies lesson provides a teacher and student section with reader’s theatre, game, big book pattern, task cards, word search, and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.
Community Maps by Nicolas Brasch (K-3)
Gives information on types and features of community maps. Includes quizzes and a mapmaking activity to reinforce map literacy.
Follow that Map by Scot Richie (K-3)
Follow That Map! is a mind-expanding adventure for the young and a unique way to introduce mapping concepts at the primary level and get kids started on the road to mastering this essential skill.
Henry’s Map by David Elliot (K-2)
Henry is a very particular sort of pig. “A place for everything and everything in its place,” he always says. But when he looks out his window he is troubled. The farm is a mess! Henry is worried that nobody will be able to find anything in this mess. So he draws a map showing all the animals exactly where they belong. And Henry embarks on a journey through the farm, his friends tagging along as he creates his map: sheep in the woolshed, chickens in the coop, the horse in the stable. After the map is complete, Henry uses it to bring himself back home, where he is relieved to know that he is exactly where he belongs. A place for everything and everything in its place, indeed.
Look Where We Live by Scot Richie (K-3)
This fun and informational picture book follows five friends as they explore their community during a street fair. The children find adventure close to home while learning about the businesses, public spaces and people in their neighborhood. Young readers will be inspired to re-create the fun-filled day in their own communities.
Mapping Skills with Google Earth by Paul Bramley (Grades K-2)
Teach your students the basics of map reading with our engaging resource designed for students in grades prekindergarten to two. Start with the elements found on a map, such as symbols, legends and the compass rose. Then, have your students apply what they’ve learned by mapping their classroom and route to school. Move on to the Great Lakes of North America and the seven continents and four oceans of the world. Our resource gives students the necessary building blocks to continue with the study of mapping skills. Comprised of reading passages, map activities, crossword, word search and comprehension quiz, our resource incorporates curriculum-based lessons with Google Earth™ so students can further understand the basics of map reading with the help of visual and interactive technology.
Sir Cumference and the Viking’s Map by Cindy Neuschwander (Grades K-3)
While riding through the forests of Angleland, cousins Per and Radius realize they are lost and are desperate for a map to guide them home. Soon they come across a mysterious house in the hills. Inside they find a map to a treasure belonging to Xaxon Yellowbearyd, the fiercest Viking warrior of his time. Per and Radius must decode the strange numbered grid on the map, while trying to steer clear of the pack of bungling bandits who are on their tail. Will they find the treasure in time?
Africa Unit Study by Classroom Complete Press (Grades 5-8)
Take your students on a journey through Africa, its countries, regions and cities by roadways and waterways. Understand its location relative to the rest of the world. Learn the interesting physical characteristics, wildlife, vegetation, population, and climates of the regions. Discover which human and environmental interactions are being made in Africa that impact world wide. Students will also learn the movement of goods and services, natural and manufactured resources throughout the continent. Our ready-to-use resource is written using simplified language and vocabulary, geography concepts are presented in a way is easier for students to understand. Comprised of reading passages, student activities, and 12 color overhead transparencies maps and 12 blackline student maps. Crossword, Word Search and Comprehension Quiz included.
Antarctica Unit Study by Classroom Complete Press (Grades 5-8)
Take your students on a journey through the barren continent of Antarctica which is covered by a sheet of ice more than two miles thick! This harsh continent has many features that make it unique including beautiful icebergs, snowy mountains and penguins. Learn the interesting physical characteristics, wildlife and extreme climates of the regions. Discover which human and environmental interactions are being made in Antarctica with our ready-to-use resource that is written using simplified language and vocabulary. Geography concepts are presented in a way that makes them easier for students to understand. Comprised of reading passages, student activities, 12 color overhead transparencies and 6 blackline student maps.
Canada Eh! Unit Study by Doug Sylvester (Grades 4-6)
Canada — the land of boundless natural beauty and untapped resources. In our unit, students will adventure into Canada, exploring the geographical, geopolitical and industrial make-up of the nation. Our unit starts off with a knowledge-based section, where students are expected to know the names and locations of the provinces, territories and capital cities. Student notes and a map activity are used in correlation with this section. Students then study the main landforms of Canada, emphasizing the industries important to each area. This Canada lesson provides a teacher and student section with a variety of reading passages, activities, crossword, word search, colouring book and answer key to create a well-rounded lesson plan.
Charting the World by Richard Pancyck (Grade 4 and up)
Maps have been a part of human culture since the days of scratching on cave walls, and this richly illustrated history chronicles the road from simple diagrams used to avoid danger to the complex, navigational charts used today. Displaying an array of historic atlases and a variety of cartography styles, this book allows young readers to test their map-reading skills while discovering the intricate beauty and the wealth of information held within. Geographical concepts are spotlighted through an assortment of guided activities—including finding the elevation of hills, plotting a course with a magnetic compass, creating three-dimensional land models using a contour map, and performing a plot survey. Drawing the conclusion that the study of geography and maps is crucial to understanding an ever-changing planet, this handbook discloses the ways in which technological advances in cartography can further discussions on climate change, warfare, environmental conservation, population growth, and other timely topics.
If the World Were a Village by David J. Smith (Grade 4 and up)
This bestseller is newly revised with updated statistics, new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By shrinking the planet down to a village of just 100 people, children will discover how to grow up global and establish their own place in the world village.
Map Reading Skills by Myrl Shireman (Grades 5-8)
Get your GPS going with students in grades 5–8 using Map Reading Skills! The activities in this 80-page book provide students with ample opportunities to practice and apply map skills. Map and diagram exercises and hands-on activities reinforce skills. This book includes reproducible maps and a special section on GPS and its uses, and it highlights essential vocabulary in bold. The book aligns with state, national, and Canadian provincial standards.
Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (Grade 9 and up)
Taking up a challenge from his whist partners, a mysterious English gentleman named Phileas Fogg wagers half his fortune and abandons his quiet domestic routine to undertake a daring feat: to circle the globe in a mere 80 days, an achievement unheard of in the Victorian world.
Fogg and Passepartout, his devoted manservant, avail themselves of virtually every known means of transportation in their wild race against time. All the while, a devious detective dogs their every step and introduces fresh obstacles. The resourceful Fogg faces each new trial with unshakable aplomb, through a constantly shifting background of exotic locales — from the jungles of India, a Chinese opium den, and a Japanese circus to a full-throttle train ride under attack by Sioux and a bloodless mutiny aboard a tramp steamer.
Kon Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl (Grades 9 and up)
“Am going to cross Pacific on a wooden raft to support a theory that the South Sea islands were peopled from Peru. Will you come? …Reply at once.” That is how six brave and inquisitive men came to seek a dangerous path to test a scientific theory. On a primitive raft made of forty-foot balsa logs and named “Kon-Tiki” in honor of a legendary sun king, Heyerdahl and five companions deliberately risked their lives to show that the ancient Peruvians could have made the 4,300-mile voyage to the Polynesian islands on a similar craft.
On every page of this true chronicle—from the actual building of the raft through all the dangerous and comic adventures on the sea, to the spectacular crash-landing and the native islanders’ hula dances—each reader will find a wholesome and spellbinding escape from the twenty-first century.
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