Geography Through Art

Geography Through Art

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ISBN: 9781931397582
Grades: K-10

Product Description:

Revised and updated by Geography Matters, Geography Through Art combines Sharon Jeffus' artistic vision with author Jamie Aramini's writing talents. While retaining the "heart" of Teaching Geography Through Art, the revision features a snazzier, easier-to-use layout, crisper type and graphics, and many additional "extras". Instructions at the beginning of the book explain the icons and new features found throughout the book, offer instructions on keeping a geography notebook, and include art tips, techniques, teaching tips and a list of basic art materials you'll use most frequently. The book is divided by continent, with a short "world" section at the very beginning. A map, continent summary and list of facts begins each chapter, detailing basic geographical information for the continent. Then, a variety of art information and projects are provided for several major countries in the continent. As Sharon Jeffus believes in hands-on learning, so a wide variety of projects relating to that continent using many different art media are suggested. Subject matter for each continent includes architecture, animals, works of art, and cultural artifacts. With each project, you'll be learning fascinating information about the culture, and enjoy photographs, drawings, and details about artistic techniques. The instructions for each project are broken down step by step, and each project also includes a list of materials needed. Also helpful are the icons throughout the book which denote the difficulty level of projects, indicate if there is a related website available for the project (links can be found on Geography Matters' website), or denote that recipes for that country can be found in Eat Your Way Around the World, if you'd like to extend your studies to the kitchen. Additionally, you may enjoy the "Quicksketches" where students can practice their sketching on a culturally-relevant subject, the profiles of famous artists or works of art, and the "Culture Connection" notes, which draw comparisons between different cultures. If you like an artistic approach to geography, or a cultural approach to art, this book's for you!

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 Beginner and Intermediate World Atlas are identical to the Jr. Classroom Atlas and Classroom Atlas, which are sold only to schools. 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




Category Description for Trail Guide to U.S. Geography:

Following the same great format as Trail Guide to World Geography (see description), this book focuses on U.S. Geography. The thirty-six weekly lessons in this book cover the fifty states, organized by region. Students study the states at a rate of about two per week. This easy-to-teach book covers essential geographical facts and features of each state. This trail guide includes 5-minute daily drills, mapping, building a geography notebook--or using the optional student notebook--and a wide variety of additional projects. The literature unit in this book focuses on the Lewis and Clark expedition, using the book The Captain's Dog, by Roland Smith. Heavily used resources include the Uncle Josh's Outline Map Book or maps available on the Student Notebook CD. Other resources are also recommended to help enhance the study; these are listed below for your convenience. In this edition, all students use the Desk Atlas of the United States. A Geographical Terms Chart is recommended with these and all Trail Guide studies. We do not offer the chart that is recommended; however, it is available through Geography Matters. This Trail Guide was revised and updated in 2015 and includes a new QuickStart Section and new assignments throughout. Please note: students must use 2nd ed of Student Notebook with this edition. ~ Rachel S.




Category Description for You Could End Up in Timbuktu!:

The obvious answer to why we study geography? We might end up in Timbuktu! Part of the Living History of Our World series, this course provides a creation-based, investigative approach to world geography that explores both geographical regions and specific countries; encouraging a worldview perspective.

Geared, perhaps, to middle school, the course is adaptable for slightly younger as well as for older students. In fact, there are separate assignments for younger (3rd - 6th grade) and older (7th - 12th grade) students at many points in the study. The course book is a roadmap, providing 36 weeks (5 days per week) and 8 units. Units cover an earth overview plus units focused on each of the continents (Australia/New Zealand/Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, North America, and Antarctica) and a final week of review plus "show and tell" presentations (optional).

The first unit starts with creation and spends three weeks exploring the physical make-up of the earth. The author suggests this part of the study could be augmented by science courses from Master Books. [General Science 1 (Earth & Sky); General 2 (Survey of Geology & Archeology). Younger students could augment with the Big Book of Earth & Sky from Master Books.] Part of this introductory three-week study is instructions for setting up a world geography notebook. This notebook is the major focus of the student's year. As the course takes the student through continent and country studies, the notebook develops into a major presentation piece. Mapwork, reports of all types, and weekly projects all find their way into the notebook.

The continent units vary from 1 week (Antarctica) to 6 weeks (North America - which includes a week on the different state regions of the US). There is a pattern to each study: physical and political mapwork, specific country studies, then a look at animals and plants. There is likewise a pattern to the country studies: mapwork plus completion of a project (slideshow/travel brochure/great country report) based on the student's research from a list of topics. Ethnic food and art projects are saved for the last day of each week's study. Only a sampling of each continent's countries is covered by the country studies. For instance, in the Europe unit, Week 1 is spent on mapping the physical and political maps of Europe and then an overview of the physical landscape. The focus of Week 2 is Scandaninavia with a day each on Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Greenland/Iceland. Week 3 covers the UK and Ireland. Week 4 covers Italy. Week 5 is plants and animals.

Packed with graphics and illustrations, the Course Book is a template/example for the notebook/binder the student will create. In addition to the maps there are suggestions for projects, lots of photos from studied countries, and blank space for writing. There are two versions of the Course Book - one in full-color and one that is black and white. The Course Book is consumable and the author considers one per student a requirement.

The Appendix is extensive; in fact, the author suggests you consider it a suitcase full of resources and ideas for your journey around the world.

Included in the Appendix:

          Teacher Notes for each Unit

          Supplemental resources for each Unit (literature and DVD suggestions)

          Extra Hands-on Projects per Unit

          Websites, Resources, and Videos

          Project and Game Instructions

          Reproducible Research Forms (also available as a downloadable file from the author)

A careful perusal of the Table of Contents (available on our website) will show there are some geographical areas and countries that seem to be missing. For instance, the middle part of Europe (Spain, Portugal, France, Germany) as well as Eastern Europe is covered only in the general mapwork and continent studies. The reproducible forms are general enough that the country studies could easily be extended to any countries you wanted to add. Additionally, there are four units available for families with older students (free download): Southeast Asia/Polynesia, Middle East, Caribbean, and Alaska/Hawaii.

If you're looking for a world geography study that is a blend of instructional material (minimal) and research that could be done as a family with an option for extra challenge for older students, then You Could End Up in Timbuktu! may provide just the right amount of structure. 282 pgs, pb.


Required Resources and Supplies:

038459 Children's Atlas of God's World (3rd - 6th grades)

034120 National Geographic Student World Atlas (7th - 12th grades)

038930 Eat Your Way Around the World

010601 Geography Through Art

You will also want to have high quality tracing paper, white cardstock, high quality colored pencils, thin-line markers, three-ring binders (1/2" for 3rd - 6th grades; 1" for 7th - 12th grades), kneadable eraser and file folders (20 at least).



Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
K
Grade End
10
ISBN
9781931397582
Author
Rich & Sharon Jeffus
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Geography Matters
Weight
1.0 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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Great reviews
Amri D on Aug 13, 2019
To accompany You Could End up in Timbuktu Geography Curriculum.
Kathleen C on Apr 8, 2019
Great reviews
Amri D on Aug 13, 2019
Hoping to make geography interesting to my daughters
Amanda V on Jul 27, 2019
To accompany You Could End up in Timbuktu Geography Curriculum.
Kathleen C on Apr 8, 2019
To use for map work for Around the world in 180 days.
Alison K on Nov 29, 2018
I chose this to give my artsy child a different type of exposure to geography as we study the world.
Melissa P on Aug 19, 2018
Build Your Library recommendation
User on Jul 31, 2018
I haven't used this but I am excited to use it with my daughter. It looks like a fun hands-on way to learn!
User on Jul 21, 2018
looks awesome and a supplement to geography curriculum
Amy R on Jul 18, 2018
My daughter struggles with reading, but loves geography and art so I thought this would be a great way to motivate her and help her to enjoy learning! Looking forward to using it!
Melanie P on May 6, 2018
We love geography and we love art! This resource promises to keep us learning and developing creativity over the summer months.
Julie S on Feb 22, 2018
These activities will supplement our spine Expedition Earth as part of our geography studies as we try out the Wayfarers Curriculum, term 1 ancient times.
Rebecca on Jan 3, 2018
To help my artistic grand daughter find geography interesting.
Beth W on Sep 25, 2017
Using as a supplement for curriculum
Cheryl B on Jul 7, 2017
I have creative boys that love to draw. Geography and art seems to go well together for kids that are creative.
Apryll W on Aug 26, 2016
Makes geography fun.
Sr. Cecilia Mari A on Aug 20, 2016
My family hasn't studied enough geography over the years. This sounds promising and fun! We love ART!
Bridget R on Jul 26, 2016
It was recommended with another product.
Kathleen C on Jul 20, 2016
good book for an Around the World after school club.
Deborah G on Jun 30, 2016
Looks like fun! We do love art!
Michele W on Jan 20, 2016
Hoping to make geography interesting to my daughters
Amanda V on Jul 27, 2019
To use for map work for Around the world in 180 days.
Alison K on Nov 29, 2018
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My kids just love doing geography now.
October 18, 2017
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Educational and Fun
My boys are really enjoying this book. It has a good balance of projects and informational facts to introduce new geographic areas.
August 16, 2016
Our family has fallen in love with Geography Through Art My 9 and 7 year girls are project-based learners and they love art so when I needed something to supplement our countries and cultures curriculum this seemed to be the natural choice You can use the projects in this book to supplement ANY geography curriculum and for ANY age group I've used this book with my 14 year old brother and my elementary aged daughters (though not together) There is a wide variety of projects for many of the countries They range in difficulty from simple (for the young or non-hands-on child) to elaborate (older child or project lover) Most projects only need the supplies listed in the front of the book There are however projects that do require an odd item or an item you wouldn't normally have on hand but you can pick up at any craft store Some projects require you to print the reproducible pages in the back on the book While it does require some teacher prep (especially for young students) the results are well worth it Also while you're making a country related project you can learn a mini-art lesson When we did the paper version of Matryoshka dolls (Russian nesting dolls and their favorite project so far) we got a lesson in folk art When my little brother and I did the earth in colored chalk and black construction paper we got a lesson in positive and negative space I've never taken an art class in my life so this was as interesting to me as it was them I definitely feel the book is worth the price especially when if you are planning to use this for a multi-aged group of kids I can see this easily translated into a co-op setting as well We love Geography Through Art and it has become part of my permanent library
September 12, 2013
While perusing the Internet to try to find a way to make geography a bit more fun for ALL our children (two 4th graders an 8th and a 9th grader) I stumbled upon "Geography Through Art: International Art Projects for Kids" and thought I'd give it a try My children have always been creative and all love to draw and design things We soon discovered this book is the perfect fit for us I can use the book to teach all the children and learn many artistic terms while learning geography Of course all the easy-to-do projects make for a plus in that their creative juices never tire of flowing and they have new challenges (and all the artwork to display!) I highly recommend this resource and especially find it helpful for teaching multiple children I cannot wait to try another book in this series and neither can my children!
January 21, 2010
Teaching Geography Through Art is one of the best resources I have used in my seven years homeschooling This year it is the core of my geography and art curriculums for my 4th 6th and 10th grade children What a time saver! The spiral bound 139 page book is printed in black and white making photocopying easy and economical and the dozens of art lessons are easily adaptable to all skill levels Even my 11-year-old son who usually cringes at art projects is enjoying this book The only additional materials we are using are an atlas an almanac and easily obtainable art supplies If you're looking for a way to make geography more exciting this book fills that need In fact I plan on using another book in the series Teaching American History Through Art next year!
January 30, 2008

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