Geography is a way of seeing the world. It is fundamentally about the connections that exist between people, places, and the environment, and the ways in which these factors influence each other.
This unit study is suppose to refresh the memory for students who have already studied these concepts in the past. It also serves as an introduction for younger siblings who will study these topics in details in coming years. As always we include a rich diversity of learning tools, free printables, audios, videos, note booking and scrap booking page ideas, art lessons and suggested links to paid programs that you may or may not have access. Hopefully our children can learn that our great big world gets smaller each day via technology. May they realize that the war and famine in one country isn't just a headline but something that should touch their heart.
* Warm up: What is a habitat?
Habitat is a place where species get what they need to survive: food, water, cover, and a place to raise young. In other words, a habitat is a plant or animal's home.
Happenin Habitats has several activity pages
Teachers: Here is a very nice Printable Lesson plan to be used with this
interactive tool that lets you hover over each continent to reveal the name.
I HIGHLY recommend the Geography Jumpstarts. The free download (as of Aug 2013) has 2 game styles worksheets for each of the topics we have chosen to study. Great for 3rd - 6th grades.
Animals and Habitats
Ecosystem is a scientific term to describe the complex
interactions between animals, plants and the nonliving features of their habitats.
Option 1: take learning outdoors. Print page 1 - 2 of Ifaw.org free printable. (we won't be talking about adaptations at this time)
Fill in the page 2 worksheet. Bring in samples of plants for pressing (between 2 paper towels and large books for a week or so).
Option 2: lessons indoors
Here's a 4 page free printable on 4 habitats and their animals. Oceans, Deserts, Forests and Rainforest. There are many others..can you think what they are?
What is your favorite animal? Where does it live? What is its habitat? research your animal and map its location on your notebooking page. Add it to your travel journal.
basic Animal Notebooking Page
for younger children
If that download doesn't work: you could use these notebookingfairy.com pages Fill in these 2 notebooking pages Animal Page and Country Page to add to your geography/history binder.
So looking for some pictures to share I discovered a FREE download from ConfessionsofaHomeschooler Erica created and who generously offers them for a free download of her animal printables from her Geography Study called Expedition Earth.
National Geographic Map and Endangered Animals Activity
We created our own island.
Free Art Lesson
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