Trick Geography: USA Set

Trick Geography: USA Set


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Item #: TGUSAS
Grades: 3-AD

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14 maps; 6 state maps, 6 capitals maps, and 2 physical maps. Elementary 7 weeks study; Middle/High 5 weeks study.

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Tricked into learning geography? Not a bad idea. Clever word associations provide an engaging method for learning countries (shape and name), capitals, and physical features of each continent. Continents are studied country-by-country within regions. Images of a single object are embedded within the outline of each country. These objects either sound like the country (dotted swan for Botswana) or are somehow associated with the country (pyramid with top falling off for Egypt). Capitals are learned by adding a second object to the first and connecting with a trick sentence (Put the fish with fins in water and he'll sink - Helsinki, Finland). Additional phrases or sentences illustrate the physical features (It's real grand because it separates two countries. - Rio Grande River). Components for each course include a Teacher Guide and Student Book (The World course also includes a Test Book). There are suggested weekly and daily schedules. Units are self-contained and can be studied in any order.

Teacher Guides include general course instructions plus all the funny and creative word associations for each unit. There is no prep or learning curve for teachers - just pick up and go. A pronunciation guide is provided. Daily work involves showing a map with a specific region highlighted and then a second enlarged map of the region showing countries with mnemonic images and spaces for students to write out the key words and phrases. Typically, a week will be spent on one region with continents covered over various numbers of weeks. Consumable Student Books are maps - and more maps. The region being studied is always shown highlighted within the continent and then enlarged with images superimposed. Graphics are fun and the general appearance is uncluttered.

  The general pacing is two maps per week for elementary and two-three maps per week for middle school and older. This means that the World course can be completed in one year by middle school and older students. The Continent(s) and USA courses will take approximately 5-9 weeks each but all studies can be supplemented. Optional activities include traced maps and bubble maps (a method of freehand drawing a bubble outline of countries/states within a region - done both with and without looking at a map). Numerous other activities are suggested including quizzes, puzzles, flashcards, etc. Tests are fill-in-the-blank maps done from memory and are completed by region and continent. Course materials are available by continent(s) or in a combined World volume that includes all continents, countries, capitals, and physical features but not US states. Tests are included at the back of student books except for the World course which has its own test book.

Visual repetition and fun mnemonic associations mean successful learning for almost any type of learner. Teacher Guides: (USA) 61 pgs- (World) 137 pgs, pb. Student Books are nonreproducible: (USA) 55 pgs- (World) 180 pgs, pb. ~ Janice

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Need a different curriculum. Heard this was a creative and fun way to learn the US states/capitals.
Joy M on Nov 15, 2021
It looked like a fun way to help my son learn and remember geography of US.
Lisa S on Aug 7, 2021
Need a different curriculum. Heard this was a creative and fun way to learn the US states/capitals.
Joy M on Nov 15, 2021
I like the memorization tools!
Natasha K on Aug 20, 2021
It looked like a fun way to help my son learn and remember geography of US.
Lisa S on Aug 7, 2021
Looks like a fun way to learn USA geography. My son is really excited about it!
Brooke B on May 19, 2021
I am eager to try out the Trick Geography curriculum because I think that my son will enjoy using various memory tricks to learn geography. He has already learned many U.S. states because he loved reading The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States. This curriculum applies a similar approach to learning both the states and their capitals.
Carlana D on Feb 4, 2021
Based on description seemed fun and exciting way to teach
Jeannie M on Jan 12, 2021
The video on Rainbow resource
Renee P on Jan 6, 2021
Easy memorization
Cassie S on Jan 5, 2021
the learning style
Cathy R on Nov 18, 2020
I looked at Visualize World Geography, but the price is prohibitive. Trick Geography appears to be similar to VWG, but without the $200.00+ price tag.
Ellen H on Aug 19, 2020
supplement study and memorization of states and capitals
Sandy T on Aug 18, 2020
We love Trick Geography!
Molly M on Jul 20, 2020
I'm hoping this will be a fun and easy study of US geography - even along with our study of state history.
Theresa L on Jul 12, 2020
It looks like fun, and a good investment if it works as well as the video shows :)
Annette on Jul 2, 2020
My third grade son's public school class has ignored teaching the states and capitals. This is a summer supplement for us so he will know his US geography.
Nicole A on Jun 12, 2020
A fellow homeschool parent got it for her kids and we are doing US History next year for our curriculum.
Carolyn S on May 5, 2020
Looking for better ways to retain Geography
Elizabeth C on May 3, 2020
I chose this to use for Map Study in our Charlotte Mason style homeschool.
Kristen B on Apr 30, 2020
It looked fun and mutilsensory.
Jennifer T on Apr 18, 2020
I saw the video and it looks like something that will work well with what we are already doing.
Vladimir V. on Apr 9, 2020
homeschool children, needed something easy to add in
JOSH M on Sep 20, 2019
It looks like a fun way to learn
Dena S on Aug 12, 2019
I encountered this curriculum first at a homeschooling conference and really liked the idea. I didn't need it at the time, but when the time came to do a US Geography Unit, it immediately came to mind. I like that it is short and will only take about 2 months to finish instead of a whole school year. Great to liven up our mid-winter slump!
Stephanie on Feb 9, 2019
It appears to be a good tool for the learning style of my daughter.
Sally K on Nov 1, 2018
I was looking for a fun, gentle way to help my kids learn and remember the US states.
User on Aug 8, 2018
I like the memorization tools!
Natasha K on Aug 20, 2021
Looks like a fun way to learn USA geography. My son is really excited about it!
Brooke B on May 19, 2021
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Trick Geography USA
My daughter scored very poorly on the pre-test, but after 1 day of teaching/learning, she passed the test of the North-Eastern states with 100%. Hopefully, she will hold on to the information for life!
September 19, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Disappointed with teacher guide & lack of review
Overall I was expecting a little more from this curriculum. The author has several suggestions for how to get kids to memorize geography by using memory tricks, silly sentences, redrawing the states and trying other outside website. But the curriculum doesn't actually give you those sentences, drawing practice or any extra review practice that is suggested to commit to long term memory.
So busy moms/dads hoping to just open the book and read the curriculum will be disappointed. Instead the curriculum gives the initial location and parents are basically on their own to decide how to re-enforce those facts.
May 18, 2020
1 year ago
Response from Rainbow Resource Center
I'm very sorry for your experience with this curriculum. But, I'm also a little confused. The Teacher Guide does include the silly sentences. It has left me wondering if you either received the wrong product or a defective product. I have asked our customer service supervisor, to reach out to you to see if we can sort through the problem and resolve it to your satisfaction.
May 20, 2020
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