World of Communities

Wow! I don't think your children will be bored by this world geography course. This is one of those great courses that is inviting and accessible instead of dry, complicated, or overwhelming. I think this course would whet your child's appetite to learn even more, and that's what we want in our educational materials. The illustrations are extremely helpful and attractive. The text is very readable and interesting. Every few pages, you'll find good questions and map-reading activities. The chapters include an introductory chapter, then chapters on England, Russia, China, India, Turkey, Israel, South Africa, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. This student book also has a glossary, additional resources, and an index. The text cycles through the same 5 topics for each country: location, description of the place, "human-environment interaction," a featured city, and popular modes of transportation. What the authors call "human-environment interaction" breaks down into the ethnic communities, religious communities, artistic/cultural communities, educational communities, favorite pastimes for students, and family life. The student activity book could be optional, but you would want to consider using it because it is very well designed for reinforcing the learning, developing thinking skills, and building reading comprehension, test-taking skills, and writing skills. It accomplishes all these goals with more map-reading activities, chart completion, the use of Venn diagrams for comparison and contrast with our own country, multiple choice test questions, a classic story from that culture, reading comprehension questions, a writing prompt, and much more, including more activities using other graphic organizers. The teacher's guide has suggestions, answer keys for both the student text and the student activity book, and backline masters including a writing organizer and a writing rubric. Student text is 129 pages. Activity book is 64. Teacher's guide is 48. All are softcover. ~ Caryl




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