Eat Your Way Through the USA (Cookbook)

Eat Your Way Through the USA (Cookbook)

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Item #: 031795
ISBN: 9781931397346
Grades: K-AD

Product Description:

Here's a really tasty supplement to any study of the United States! While state studies often include state birds, flowers, capitals and other facts, most don't devote much time to "state foods." This book includes easy-to-follow instructions for preparing a complete meal - main course, side dish, and dessert - typical to one eaten by people of each of the 50 states. When too tempting to pass up, some states also include additional recipes for breakfast foods or snacks. Fun state food facts pepper the pages to keep you busy while the meal is cooking. As they say, "When in Iowa, eat as the Iowans do." - Steph

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES - CURRICULUM:

Unit Study Curriculums are "complete" curriculums based on the unit study approach that are intended to be used over a longer span of time (typically a year or more). They generally have an organized structure or flow and incorporate as many subject areas as possible. Typically, organizational materials and methods are provided along with some instruction for use. Broken into logical segments or "units" of study, they are intended to comprise the core of your curriculum.

Category Description for UNIT STUDIES:

What is a "unit study"? Briefly, it's a thematic or topical approach to teaching as opposed to the traditional by-subject approach. Rather than teach each subject separately, a unit study attempts to integrate many or all subject areas into a unified study - usually centered around a particular subject or event. Obviously History (the study of events) and Science (the study of "things") are well-suited to unit studies, and usually form the "core" around which other subjects are integrated. Subjects like Bible, Geography, Government, English (writing), and Reading/Literature, Music, Home Economics, Life Skills, and Art, are usually easy to integrate around a core topics. Remaining subjects (Math, Phonics, Grammar, Spelling) can be integrated to some extent via related activities. Each, however, has its own "system" (progression of skills, mastery of "rules") which must be followed to some degree. Since one of the additional advantages of a unit study curriculum is the ability to use it with students of varying ages and skill levels, these subjects are generally taught apart from the core curriculum. This may be as simple as assigning pages in a grammar or spelling book, or using a separate "program" for Phonics and Math. Unit studies also tend to be more activity-oriented than the traditional approach, a real boon to kinesthetic learners. Advocates of the unit study approach site studies showing that children learn best when learning is unified rather than fragmented and when learning is more participatory than passive.

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 Trail Guide to Learning:

When several very talented authors create a curriculum that combines the educational philosophies of Ruth Beechick and Charlotte Mason, you know it is worth examining. Designed to incorporate Dr. Beechick’s educational principles in their entirety, this curriculum attempts to guide students in building their thinking skills through the knowledge they gain, not as a separate process. The Trail Guide to Learning program is a very comprehensive unit study curriculum that incorporates reading, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, science, art and more into a study of history and geography. Math is the only core subject not covered. While each level has a targeted grade level, it is adaptable for families to learn together. Four levels are available: Paths of Exploration (gr. 3-5), Paths of Settlement (gr. 4-6), Paths of Progress (gr. 5-7) and Journeys to the Ancient World (gr. 6-8). Other than grade distinctions, there are a couple other notable differences. First, American history is taught in a 3-year cycle through the Paths of ___ series, while Journeys introduces Ancient History at the middle school level. Additionally, the Paths series is written from a religiously neutral viewpoint, so it is an option for those of you ordering through charter schools. There is, however, a strong emphasis on good character and many units spend some time studying the best qualities of historical figures. An optional Bible supplement, Light for the Trail, is available directly from Geography Matters company. It should be understood, however, that the Bible is essential as both a historical and literary text in Journeys to the Ancient World. Finally, there are no tests. Each unit includes a review before starting the next unit, and parents are encouraged to assess learning through the interactive activities and student notebook. Supplemental assessments are available from the publisher if desired. There are numerous resources required for each program. See individual descriptions for more information.

There are six topical six-week units in the Paths courses, and four topical nine-week units in Journeys– each providing a 36 week or one-year course of study. Formatted similarly, lessons are written for ease of use for both the teacher and the student. Although the directions are written to the student, notes in the margins are intended for the teacher. No answers are given in the lesson content, which makes it easier to share the book. As you might expect from a curriculum co-authored by Debbie Strayer (author of Learning Language Arts Through Literature), the topic of language arts is heavily emphasized in every lesson. Daily lessons begin with copywork and dictation, with assignments given at the three grade levels. Reading follows, with the student reading selected sections or pages aloud to the teacher. Then the teacher reads several pages from a more advanced book used in that lesson and reads the discussion questions, or the student narrates a provided assignment. Word Study, which encompasses vocabulary and spelling is next, and typically is tied into the reading or the copywork. Again, several different grade-level specific assignments are provided. Geography, history, and science are well-integrated into each lesson. History is naturally absorbed from the books the students read (and listen to). A related geography lesson is provided just about every day, which ties in beautifully with the unit topic. Because history and geography often go hand-in-hand, and because the curriculum is published by Geography Matters, I had expected the geography lessons to be top-notch. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how well the science topics are related to the unit topics. Science can occasionally seem like an afterthought in unit studies, with vague assignments for the student to simply "research a topic." Here the topics are relevant, and the content is good. It is worth noting that science is not covered every day like geography but makes an appearance about 2-3 times per week. In keeping with a true multisensory, unit study approach, hands-on learning through lapbooking, science activities, games and more are integrated. Pages are black and white with the exception of the game/activity pages. This is a well-developed curriculum offering families an enjoyable learning experience. See individual programs for more information on content and required resources. ~Jess/Deanne

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Simple recipes. Will make shopping easy and my kids can follow the recipes.
Bethany A on Mar 16, 2023
United States History and Geography Supplement
Dania M on Aug 8, 2022
Simple recipes. Will make shopping easy and my kids can follow the recipes.
Bethany A on Mar 16, 2023
A fun addition to our US history curriculum.
JEFFREY T on Sep 17, 2022
United States History and Geography Supplement
Dania M on Aug 8, 2022
Supplement for US geography curriculum.
Jessica B on Jul 23, 2022
I used this when I homeschooled my children and use many of the recipes still today. I wanted to be able to give each of my children a copy so they would have the recipes to use as they cook and explore different dishes.
Nanette C on Aug 2, 2021
This sounds like a fun addition to our learning about the United States. Nothing like hands on to keep facts in our heads.
Patricia M on Jul 29, 2021
Love this supplement to our US States study this year.
Tina B on Jul 17, 2021
This is one of those items I've wanted for a long time but never could justify purchasing. Since cooking is one of our "handicraft" skills we'll focus on this year, I'm buying it!
Tracy B on Jul 16, 2021
U.S. Geography learning
Maryanne N on Jan 26, 2021
Needed supplemental resource for State History
Tabitha R on Dec 21, 2020
Great grandchild interested in US
Nancy C on Oct 31, 2020
This is part of the Trail Guide to US Geography curriculum. Your price was the best for this set.
Erin M on May 23, 2017
We spent last summer learning all 50 states, their capitals, and location on the map. To continue our study and refresh their knowledge we thought cooking favorties from each state would add a fun element.
Damian C on Apr 22, 2017
This attracted my daughter's interest as it's about state foods throughout the United States
Becky H on Sep 9, 2016
studying 50 states this year
Debra D on Aug 5, 2016
To have fun with geography
Amanda M on Jul 5, 2016
A fun addition to our US history curriculum.
JEFFREY T on Sep 17, 2022
Supplement for US geography curriculum.
Jessica B on Jul 23, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great recipes
August 5, 2022
10 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Cute, simple recipes
I purchased this book to be an additional fun activity to do with our year long state study. The recipes seem fairly simple and fun. I will say that, for our state at least, the recipes seemed kind of random and not what we are really known for, but I think the book will still be a fun addition to our state studies. Recipes are always a fun way to get in some math and life skills, while also getting a tasty treat at the end.
August 19, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Lots of fun I had never made gumbo before that was interesting The only down side to this is it can be difficult to locate some of the ingredients for those recipes not from your area So a few times I had to improvise on a recipe Over all my kids really enjoyed doing these recipes with me
June 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
After going around the world in 36 weeks with "Galloping the Globe" our daughter decided she would like to "Canter the Country" to study United States geography/history for third grade To enhance our study of the 50 states we purchased "Eat Your Way Across the USA" which is a compilation of recipes from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia For each state there is a native dish side dish and dessert along with "fun food facts" from the state Our family is looking forward to using this cookbook as we did "Eat Your Way Around the World"
May 10, 2009

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