Geography Through Art

Geography Through Art

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Item #: 010601
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 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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Rich & Sharon Jeffus
Softcover Book
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Geography Matters
1.25 (lbs.)
11.0" x 8.5" x 0.5"
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I chose this to complement our world geography curriculum -hands on activities are always a hit at our homescool!
Christina B on Dec 18, 2022
Choose this because it is part of the Build Your Library Curriculum.
Janae S on Sep 27, 2022
I chose this to complement our world geography curriculum -hands on activities are always a hit at our homescool!
Christina B on Dec 18, 2022
Looking for a tangible study to go with their geography.
Dayna M on Oct 24, 2022
Choose this because it is part of the Build Your Library Curriculum.
Janae S on Sep 27, 2022
It's one of the spines of Build Your Library Level 7
Samantha on Aug 5, 2022
to supplement pac world geography
User on Jul 16, 2022
Incorporating art into our geography
susanna h on Jul 3, 2022
They were recommended on a homeschool blog.
Melissa D on Jul 1, 2022
Great price for this book that is needed for our homeschool curriculum. Thank you RRC!
Theresia B on May 4, 2022
I love to incorporate art whenever possible into my lessons. I thought that I could choose a few activities representing each continent as we study geography and countries around the world.
ELIZABETH on Apr 8, 2022
This is the only part of Trails geography that I plan to use with Voskamp's five volumes of world history.
COLLEEN P on Feb 13, 2022
To enhance geography learning through the arts
Kristen B on Dec 28, 2021
I thought this would be a good way to remember places we learn about in World Geography this year.
Bonnie S on Sep 20, 2021
I choose because it works with the social studies text Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide 4th Ed.
CARLENE H on Sep 7, 2021
interactive creative way of learning geography
stady m on Aug 5, 2021
Creative. Child loves art
Valerie A on Jul 22, 2021
This looks like a great addition to our Art class and Geography! Very excited to create these art projects with the kiddos.
Amanda M on Jul 21, 2021
To help supplement art into our geography and history
Chelsea E on Mar 21, 2021
This looks like a fun and interesting way to learn about other countries.
Traci M on Feb 16, 2021
Art Resource and Ideas to use with 7th Grade Geography. Daughter enjoys art and this could supplement her studies.
Rebecca O on Sep 8, 2020
My rising 6th grader <br />enjoys art. Trying this to combine subjects.
Vanessa G on Sep 2, 2020
My daughter loves art, and we needed some general Geography lessons for this school year. This seemed a perfect combination of both.
Paula Q on Aug 26, 2020
We love art and geography, and this looks like something that will fit perfectly with our homeschool.
Valerie V on Aug 25, 2020
Curriculum item
Maria G on Aug 5, 2020
Recommended by Build your Library home school curriculum
Crystal V on Jul 20, 2020
I looks like so much fun! My kids will love it.
Lydia B on Jul 12, 2020
Wang Chiew N on Jul 3, 2020
Needed an art and decided to add geography with it
Dawn F on Jul 1, 2020
interesting projects to add to the curicullum.
Ludmila S on Jan 5, 2020
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
Looking for a tangible study to go with their geography.
Dayna M on Oct 24, 2022
It's one of the spines of Build Your Library Level 7
Samantha on Aug 5, 2022
Is this considered an elective course?
A shopper on Apr 10, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would consider this book an addition to a Geography course....the book by itself isn’t a full Geography course and it’s not an art course either...just a helpful book if you’re already doing Geography and looking to incorporate some hands-on activities through art.
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Geography through Art
Lots of fun projects. We've done a couple already. This is a great way to cover multiple topics at once! We do projects that correlate with our history curriculum and learn about geography and art at the same time!
January 23, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My kids just love doing geography now.
October 18, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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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