Trail Guide to World Geography

Trail Guide to World Geography

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ISBN: 9781931397155
Grades: PK-AD

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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. The questions are based on the content of three recommended atlases (one for each age group) which are listed in the key resources below. 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 one or more of the recommended atlases (depending on the age of the student(s). Three other "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. 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 specific one, but it is available from Geography Matters. ~ Stephanie

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




Primary Subject
History/Geography
Grade Start
PK
Grade End
AD
ISBN
9781931397155
Binding
Perfect
Pages
128
Edition
Illustrated
Language
English
Ages
7 to 18
Audience
Juvenile
Author
Cindy Wiggers
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Geography Matters
Weight
0.0 (lbs.)
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small daily steps to integrate geography into daily work
Anissa T on Oct 10, 2019
Ive heard it is a thorough, but straight forward resource that is easier to use.
Mary K on Aug 15, 2019
small daily steps to integrate geography into daily work
Anissa T on Oct 10, 2019
To add to my teaching for this year.
Christy S on Sep 15, 2019
Ive heard it is a thorough, but straight forward resource that is easier to use.
Mary K on Aug 15, 2019
Update from the older version.
Debbie K on Jun 24, 2019
Home school geography for high school.
Stephanie C on Aug 1, 2018
To compliment the history study for the year. It looks like a great way to integrate geography and make it fun!
Amy E on Jul 24, 2018
I chose this book because I was looking for something to help me teach World Geography to all of my children, regardless of age.
Amanda H on Aug 13, 2017
Required for co-op class
Zenoba M on Aug 9, 2017
This course seemed thorough and fun!
Jacquelene P on Jul 31, 2017
We have used the Trail Guide series for US Geography, and found it easy to use and to customize. It is as broad or as focused as the teacher/student wish it to be, but with enough material and guidance to help even beginners.
Denise P on Sep 20, 2016
A friend recommended this program and it looks like my son will like it. I like the way each day is planned out for you!
Bonny D on Aug 30, 2016
To add to my teaching for this year.
Christy S on Sep 15, 2019
Update from the older version.
Debbie K on Jun 24, 2019
Does this series have a Christian viewpoint? And is there references to religon? Thanks!
A shopper on Aug 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's our understanding that it does not include Christian or religious content.
does this text have a teacher's edition?+
A shopper on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is essentially the student and teacher's guide together. The "Geography Trail" questions are listed chronologically, and the answers for each week, and each level, are found in the back of the book. However, there are NOT answers given for enrichment activities or for the "Around the World in Eighty Days" literature study. I personally did not find this to be a problem, EXCEPT I did not use the literature questions for the book, because there were no answers available, and opted to just concentrate on the "geography portion" as in "mapping his journey around the world".
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The guide is decent although it doesn't have a huge number of activities and ideas for each chapter In reality mostly the same ideas are used for each chapter and they didn't strike me as particularly creative (ie make a word search/crossword puzzle from your vocabulary words write an essay about the country and include a drawing of the flag list exports/imports make flash cards etc) There are a few creative ideas to work withThere are several significant typos in the guide (duplicate chapter numbers misspelled words etc) Under the Geography Through Art section there is typically a bullet list of phrases For instance when learning about Europe the bulleted list might say -Roman Architecture -Versailles -Stained Glass Windows -Eiffel Tower etc I kept seeing these lists and thinking "I didn't need this guide I could've figured that much out!" I was hoping for something a bit deeper in knowledge and thought At other times the GTA list would say "Try your hand at Eskimo Bone Art " without any explanation or directions in the Guide or in the optional accompanying book "Geography Through Art"Since the guide is not expensive I might recommend it to someone who was just beginning to home school or didn't feel like he/she could handle a simple geography study independently However this guide really wasn't what I was expecting based on the other reviews Overall it's an 'ok' guide in my opinion
July 10, 2014
Without a doubt the Trail Guide curriculum which can be used individually with your kids or in a co-op group is of high quality and well worth the money When you have completed this program your children (and you) will have an awesome wealth of geography knowledge and will be ready to enjoy some world traveling We have completed all three of the Trail Guides (World Geography US Geography and Bible Geography) and loved them all Each guide has interesting questions fabulous mapping activities a superb literature project intriguing points of interest and art projects which are geared to different ages and learning styles With the World Geography we studied one continent per month with a little more time for Africa as outlined in the guide and I created a set schedule for each continent to correlate with the guide Each week the students completed the questions from the guide and read books on the continents and countries In the 1st week of each continent we completed the mapping activities and a spreadsheet which I created The kids researched basic facts to complete the spreadsheet such as capitals currency language religion population etc The 2nd week of each continent we studied the people and places of interest The 3rd week we drew each country's flag of that continent and tasted foods from those countries The 4th week we completed extra assignments or special projects as directed in the Trail Guide During the month's study of the continent each student would choose a different topic from the guide's suggestions to research and write a paper which was then presented to the family/group At the end of the continent study we enjoyed a game of geography jeopardy which I created from the questions reviews in the guide books we read and papers which were presented After completing the guide the students had an awesome notebook full of beautiful maps details of each continent and fabulous flags which they could proudly share with the grandparents When friends or family have geography questions my kids know the answers now! For resources with the guide we used the Uncle Josh Outline Book online websites such as the CIA World Facts website maps Flags of the World website books from the library and of course food from the produce and specialty sections of local grocery stores Wow we all learned a tremendous amount and had so much fun completing this study together! Unexpectedly God sent our family to live overseas and we were very prepared for our world travels after studying geography using the Trail Guide to World Geography! I highly recommend the Trail Guide curriculum and I highly recommend traveling both of which will increase your knowledge and understanding of this incredible world which God has created!
April 28, 2009


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