Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide 4th Ed

Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide 4th Ed

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Grades: K-12

Product Description:

Whats your favorite school subject? Geography? Well, um, er...no. That attitude could change with this guide, brainchild of Maggie Hogan (co-author of Hands-on Geography) and Cindy Wiggers (of Geography Matters). This curriculum is designed to incorporate geography with other school subjects so that it will be relevant and memorable, not isolated and disjointed. First, the authors impart enthusiasm for the subject matter, give the teacher a geography refresher course, and then provide practical, interesting, even (dare I say it) fun ways to intertwine geography with other subjects. Included are teaching tips, geography basics, lesson plans, reproducible activity pages and outline maps, a timeline with 300+ figures, all in a convenient digital PDF format, accessible with the serial number found on the inside back cover of the book. Chapter 7 includes a unit study for Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates, so you will need a copy of that book as well. As protection for the overachieving teacher, a scope and sequence limits the amount of activities to be used in any one year. Please note that all printables are included online as downloadable PDFs, making the the book itself much smaller. All forms, resources and consumables that are available as PDFs are noted as such in the margins of the book. Just register the serial number inside the back cover and you will receive a link to download the PDFs. With so many tips, activity suggestions, lesson plans and more for grades K-12, this is a well-designed and helpful product.

Publisher Description:

Geography Matters is excited to release 4th Edition of The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide. A number of changes makes this proven resource even more user friendly.

  • Fully updated
  • New website listings
  • Fresh new look
  • 180 printable student pages, maps, and charts in digital download format

Though this 4th edition includes all the same material as the original, we've eliminated about 100 pages of weight and bulk. When you register your copy with the unique serial number found on the inside back cover you'll receive a link to download the reproducible pages.

We are grateful for the many years this book has served the homeschool and educational communities and hope this new updated version will continue to meet the needs of the next generation of homeschool families and classroom students.

Category Description for Trail Guide to World Geography:

This book literally blazes a trail through geography - all you have to do is follow it! Cindy Wiggers has done a terrific job of combining questions, mapping, and other activities into a fun, easy-to-teach approach to geography. Intended as a thirty-six week program, the first twenty-seven of these include a variety of activities. The first weeks encompass the world as a whole; then you focus on different regions continent by continent. Within each week there are several different methods of learning. One of these, Geography Trails, provides questions four days a week that will improve the student's ability to use maps to locate countries, capitals, bodies of water, and landforms, teach them valuable geography terms and learn many geography facts. Different questions are given for grades 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10, so that you can use this book for children at different levels at the same time. Additional geography activities for every week are in the form of "Points of Interest," where you can take time to learn more extensively. Activities to choose from include mapping, researching, suggestions for art projects, and weekly projects to compile into your very own geography notebook. Then it's Geography through Literature for the last nine weeks as you read through Around the World in 80 Days. Questions for each chapter are provided, as are ideas for additional research and spelling and vocabulary words. Happy trails!

Please note that that this course provides a framework for studying world geography, and relies on additional resources for reference, maps, and activities. Required resources include: Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (if you are planning on completing the literature portion of the study) and an age-appropriate world atlas (suggested atlases listed below). Three "key" recommended resources you will rely heavily on for many of the activities include the Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide, Uncle Josh's Map Book (in book form, or CD-ROM), and Visual Manna's Teaching Geography Through Art (for the art in geography lessons). Although you could make the study work without these, they are often referred to in the lessons, and the program would work much more easily with them. These and other recommended resources are listed below, including atlases for students of different grades. Please note that the Jr. Classroom Atlas and Classroom Atlas are identical to the World Atlas Know Geography (Grades 1-3 and 4-9), respectively. The Atlas of World Geography and the World Atlas Know Geography for high school are almost identical with just a few textual changes. An almanac is also recommended, in case you don't have one on hand, we recommend the World Alamanac & Book of Facts. A Geographical Terms chart is also recommended; we are unable to offer this specifc one, but it is available from Geography Matters. Stephanie

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Maggie Hogan
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To mix History with Geography
Zurizaday G on Jul 29, 2022
We follow the Charlotte Mason Method but I wanted some handles for ways to organize and incorporate our geography study into our other subjects as well as do map drills and skills. This and other resources I purchased kept popping up. I have 3 kids at various levels and am excited to be able to combine as well as use this over multiple school years for all of them.
Heidi S on Apr 1, 2022
To mix History with Geography
Zurizaday G on Jul 29, 2022
Was looking for a comprehensive geography resource to use with any curriculum and saw this on Cathy Duffy Reviews
Mende M on Jun 25, 2022
We follow the Charlotte Mason Method but I wanted some handles for ways to organize and incorporate our geography study into our other subjects as well as do map drills and skills. This and other resources I purchased kept popping up. I have 3 kids at various levels and am excited to be able to combine as well as use this over multiple school years for all of them.
Heidi S on Apr 1, 2022
Cathy Duffy reviews
Sarah E on Mar 1, 2022
I choose because it was highly recommended by Cathy Duffy.
CARLENE H on Sep 7, 2021
Cathy Duffy Top Pick! It's K-12 so hopefully I'll be able to use it for both my girls without having to find any other resources.
Jovan H on Jul 7, 2021
Heard great reviews online
Allison A on Jun 15, 2021
It was recommended to me.
Brooke B on May 19, 2021
To compliment and help teach Trail Guide to World Geography
Rebecca R on Jan 4, 2021
Many years ago when I was still homeschooling our five girls, I used the original version of this book. Now I teach Mapping to homeschooled students and wanted to update my resources.
User on Oct 21, 2020
recommended curriculum
Lisa L on Aug 22, 2020
I like that this curriculum offers a broad overview of many geographical, social studies, and history-related topics; rather than honing in on one certain area of education. We will be supplementing with themed hands-on materials as well.
Laura C on Aug 8, 2020
It was less expensive than purchasing from GeoMatters to go with their World Geography Geopack.
MARY O. on Aug 4, 2020
Recommended resource for the geography curriculum we will be using next school year.
Amy H on May 6, 2020
For homeschool
Marsena on Feb 12, 2020
For our Homeschooling Geography class
Tanya W on Sep 6, 2019
For homeschool geography curriculum for my kindergartener and 3rd grader
Kristin H on Aug 23, 2019
Searching for a geography course while looking at Cathy Duffy’s website this is a top pick and fits what I was looking for to teach a range of ages.
Joetta S on Aug 15, 2019
For homeschool class
Grace Q on Aug 13, 2019
Cathy Duffy review
Craig F on Aug 2, 2019
It had great reviews and also allows you to teach geography to multiple grades.
Eric B on Jun 24, 2019
Homeschool reviews
Rory O on Jun 6, 2019
Need it for a homeschool course for my girls
Diane D on May 15, 2019
This product has good reviews on the Cathy Duffy Homeschool site. I need to teach several children at once and this product allows for that.
Sandy V on Apr 24, 2019
Part of MODG history curriculum.
Alicia H on Sep 17, 2018
recommended item, fits my student's interests and current year curr- and competitively priced.
Courtney B on Aug 20, 2018
The best fit for our children in grades 2nd and 3rd.
Patrick W on Aug 18, 2018
This has great reviews and looks like a great library reference for our history/geography studies.
User on Jul 21, 2018
Cathy Duffy Review
Danielle R on Jan 25, 2018
We are using it with Trail Guide to World Geography
Stephanie R on Sep 7, 2017
it was required for my daughter's 5th grade curriculum
Kristine W on Aug 21, 2017
Highly recommended
Laurie K on Jul 6, 2017
I've read many reviews and believe this book will be a great Geography curriculum for my home school
Chancellor H on Jun 3, 2017
We decided to do Bright Ideas Press Illuminations curriculum. The hands on approach is something my boys wanted.
Carrie S on Oct 20, 2016
I read that this book was good for unit studies and I am excited to try it.
Amy M on Sep 17, 2016
I chose to purchase this product because it is on Bright Ideas Press Illuminations year 2 curriculum list. Rainbow Resource Center was recommended to purchase from. The prices were great and I love the free shipping on orders over $50.
Heather T on Aug 9, 2016
It was recommended with another product.
Kathleen C on Jul 20, 2016
To use with Trail Guide to World Geography
Michelle S on Oct 18, 2015
Was looking for a comprehensive geography resource to use with any curriculum and saw this on Cathy Duffy Reviews
Mende M on Jun 25, 2022
Cathy Duffy reviews
Sarah E on Mar 1, 2022
Can you print multiple copies of the PDF pages for multiple students?
A shopper on May 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I downloaded the PDF onto my computer and customized my print pages as needed.
is this edition compatible with earlier editions of the Trail Guides to US and World Geography?
Noelia on Jun 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this updated edition will be compatible with the Trail Guides. The main change was the removal of the reproducible pages. Those pages are now available as a download for purchasers of the Guide.
I already have this book. Can I buy the CD separately?
User on Jun 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We don't sell the CD separately. You can contact the publisher - Geocreations, Ltd. Perhaps they sell it separately.
Is this age appropriate for 10th grade?
User on Aug 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There is a high school section (Chapter 14). I would consider this to be easy 10th grade, but it's a good choice for spanning age ranges (even into high school). The authors also give a thorough Scope and Sequence for what to do for each grade level. I hope that helps. :)
Anybody have a geography curriculum for 1/2 credit for high school?
JUDY N. on Mar 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: North Star Geography is a good choice. It's published by Bright Ideas Press.
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Rated 4 out of 5
It is a good companion for the World Geography Trails. I'm still figuring out how to use it to supplement our Social Studies curriculum.
May 31, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Packed with information
This resource is filled with geography info but I think a lot of the stuff is a little too old for my kids (kindergarten and first grade). I do look forward to using is as they grow.
January 1, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great resource
This is a great resource for teaching Geometry to all ages. We have already incorporated it into our reading and history curriculums. Recommend it to all looking to teach geometry with other curriculums.
September 15, 2017
Rated 3 out of 5
Great Reputation- Not for new homeschoolers
I purchased this book because it came highly recommended by Cathy Duffy, however, I for the life of me, can not figure out how to best use it in my homeschool. It would be more for moms who like to use notebooks and do self study work. As far as the book, the pages are lifeless and there aren't many good reproducible pages to be used in the lesson. You would need to do too much set up and basically create your own curriculum using this book as a guide- too much work when I am new to this with 4 kids to homeschool. I purchased Daily Geography workbook and am much happier with that!
August 3, 2017
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
What a great resource for teaching geography across the curriculum to students of all ages! We kicked off our year with the "chocolate chip geological dig" in chapter 5 and my children were hooked We're using The Ultimate Guide along with Trail Guide to World Geography and Geography Through Art for a very fun complete geography program that appeals to my children from 1st through 5th grade What I like most about this book is that the wealth of information and ideas in this book is useful for teaching up through the high school level which makes it very economical There are also several pages of resources for use in history and science as well as geography These include the timeline figures "Who Am I" game cards landform cards weather report pages and maps Don't miss out on this valuable resource No homeschool should be without it!
September 12, 2009

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