K-2nd Geography

April 21, 2020

Well, we've finally come to the (very weird) end of our year at SHARE. Today is our official last class day. I'm not planning another new country for this week and am simply including the list of things to do from home. I've missed the opportunity to see the kids before summer break and am anxious to see them all next year for history (which we're currently "making" right now!). I hope you all have a wonderful summer! 

  •         Build a world floor puzzle

•             Work on map skills through a website

•             Print out (or workbook) map skills pages on their level

•             Watch videos like Tour the States and Tour the World on YouTube

•             Use YouTube to watch videos on any of the countries we’ve covered this year, or any states we talked about. (Mexico, Canada, Panama, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Caribbean Islands, Antarctica, Australia, Morocco, Botswana, Madagascar, Kenya, Congo, Egypt) Or watch videos of some other countries in South America or Africa that we won’t have time to cover. There are many available of families recording some of their family trip to other countries and you can follow along.

•             Use YouTube to watch a video of or tour museums or national parks. This is a great way to see places around the country without having to leave your house. Also search for factory tours of fun factories or farms around the country.

•             Read books about other parts of the world. For Africa, find a famous African folktale, like the one about Anansi.

•             Listen to music from countries we’ve studied.

•             Try a dish or food item from a country we’ve studied (if you have the supplies on hand and can find them at the store!).

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April 14, 2020

Hello! It’s hard to believe it’s already been another week. I hope all our SHARE families are staying healthy, learning, and enjoying a slower pace with family.

Today’s country was not on my agenda for the year, since we touched on it last year a bit when studying the Middle East. But now that we’ve got the time, I’ve decided you can’t learn about Africa without studying Egypt! We could have had some fun at SHARE learning about Egypt, and I’m sad to miss learning with you. But there are also so many fun projects to do that I hope being at home will give you the opportunity to learn a little more than we could in our shorter time in class.

**Don’t forget to check out the geography-at-home ideas from previous weeks. Also, I'd love to see pictures of your kids doing geography! Send them and I'll try to add  them to the yearbook. 

Egypt—Did you know?

  • Most ancient pyramids were built as tombs for pharaohs and their families.

  • The Ancient Egyptian alphabet had more than 700 hieroglyphs! (Those are pictures that represented words/letters.) That’s a lot to learn! Our alphabet has only 26 letters (characters).

  • Ancient Egyptians believed in more than 1,000 gods. That’s a lot! Think of what that meant in the Bible when Moses told Pharaoh in Egypt that the one true God sent him.

  • In Ancient Egypt, they believed cats were good luck.

  • Egyptian inventions: paper, pens, locks and keys, toothpaste, clocks

  • Egypt came up with our 365-day-a-year calendar split into 12 months

  • Most popular sport? Soccer (football), of course! (That seems to be a theme in our countries around the world.

  • Egypt has one of the world’s largest dams—Aswan High Dam—to contain the waters of the world’s longest river, the Nile. (Where have you heard about the Nile before?)

  • Ancient Egyptians loved board games, and some are over 2,000 years old.

  • Egypt gets about 1 inch of rain a year.

 

CLASS TIME: (No “homework” is listed this week. Any ideas/resources I’m offering, I’ll just include under “class time” and you can choose what to do and what to leave out.)

 

VIDEOS TO WATCH:

**There are so many videos to watch about Ancient Egypt. You can find some more for your child based on length and content, but I also encourage you to find one or two that will allow you to explore modern-day Egypt as well.

 

April 7, 2020 Summary

Welcome to another week of online SHARE! I hope you and your families are doing well. I am missing being out and about in the spring weather and back at SHARE with the kids and teachers. I'm anxious for when we can be together again.

This week we’ll be visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo (or simply Congo or DRC for now—there is also the Republic of Congo, so it can get confusing). Sadly, this has been a country with much war. But it is also a beautiful, unique, diverse country.

While we can’t be together, there are also several things the kids can do to “do geography.”

•             Build a world floor puzzle

•             Work on map skills through a website

•             Print out (or workbook) map skills pages on their level

•             Watch videos like Tour the States and Tour the World on YouTube

•             Use YouTube to watch videos on any of the countries we’ve covered this year, or any states we talked about. (Mexico, Canada, Panama, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Caribbean Islands, Antarctica, Australia, Morocco, Botswana, Madagascar, Kenya, Congo) Or watch videos of some other countries in South America or Africa that we won’t have time to cover. There are many available of families recording some of their family trip to other countries and you can follow along.

•             Use YouTube to watch a video of or tour museums or national parks. This is a great way to see places around the country without having to leave your house. Also search for factory tours of fun factories or farms around the country.

•             Read books about other parts of the world. For Africa, find a famous African folktale, like the one about Anansi.

•             Listen to music from countries we’ve studied.

•             Try a dish or food item from a country we’ve studied (if you have the supplies on hand and can find them at the store!).

 

Congo—Did you know?

  • Congo’s most famous tribe, which lives in the rainforests of Congo, is the Pygmy tribe. The average man is 4’10” and the average woman is 4’1”. Measure that at home and see how tall it is!

  • Their official language is French. They also speak Swahili. Do you remember some Swahili words from last week?

  • The rainforest there in the Congo Basin is the second largest in the world. 70% of the land is covered by rainforest.

  • Their national symbol is a leopard. (Can you remember the difference between a leopard and a cheetah?)

  • Major exports (things the world gets from Congo): diamonds, sugar, rubber, coffee, cobalt (used in phone batteries)

  • The DRC used to be called Zaire until 1997.

  • Dian Fossey is famous for researching and trying to save gorillas in the DRC, Uganda, and Rwanda.

 

CLASS TIME: (choose one or more activities based on time and supplies)

 

 

HOMEWORK: (add to the next pages in your geography book—remember, no need to turn them in. Hoping they are helpful for routine and reinforcing learning. The worksheets are in the Word doc and PDF below.)

•     K/1st grade: Complete the Color by Number Elephant page

  • 1st/2nd Grade: Complete the Where in the World Is It? worksheet

  • 2nd Grade: Complete the Map labeling practice worksheet

  • 2nd grade: Complete the Africa Summary worksheet (great practice for reading/listening for important information)

  • ALL: print out and color a map of the Democratic Republic of Congo (or draw and color your own)

 

 

March 31, 2020

Hello! I hope you’ve all had a good week and are doing well. I also hope that you enjoyed learning a little bit about Madagascar, even though we couldn’t be together at SHARE. This week is one I was excited about teaching—Kenya. It is such a beautiful country and is one that many people picture when they think of Africa. I had a fun craft (though the parents may not have loved the noise it caused!) and some great lapbook activities (which I’ll send you a link to instead).

 

**PLEASE NOTE: Any “homework” assignments for the rest of the year do not need to be turned in. I intend for them to be resources and guides for you as parents, but also to help your child continue learning about Africa as well as keep them in a routine during this uncertain time. I know you as parents are your child’s ultimate teacher and “grade assigner,” so please don’t feel pressure to complete and return assignments. However, if you do want to take pictures of your kids doing geography and send them to me, I would LOVE it and will collect some to add to our yearbook, if possible.

CLASS TIME (of course, we would never have had the time to complete all these activities in class, but these are some ideas I was looking at. Maybe do several throughout the week depending on your kids’ ages and what supplies you have on hand.):

  • Find all the countries we’ve talked about so far on your map at home or in your geography book. (Mexico, Canada, (itty-bitty skinny) Panama, Brazil, (looong, skinny) Chile, Guatemala (at the end of Mexico), Caribbean Islands, Antarctica (polar bears? No!) (continent but not a country!), Australia (continent, country, and island), Morocco, Botswana, Madagascar, Kenya)

 

Kenya—Did you know?

  • Its two languages are English and Swahili. Do you know what “hakuna matata” means? “Rafiki” means friend. “Simba” means lion. (Where have you heard those words before?)

  • Best known for what sport? They have won many Olympic events in long-distance running. But soccer is its other most popular sport.

  • Lake Victoria is one of Kenya’s Great Lakes

  • Its national animal is…a lion!

  • Nairobi is its capital and largest city. Mombasa is its oldest city.

  • Famous for Mount Kilimanjaro

 

HOMEWORK: Complete as many of the following lapbook pages listed below as you have time for (and extras if you want).

  • Kenya lapbook page 5: What time is it in Nairobi?

  • Page 6: Kenya vs. USA population

  • Page 9: facts about Kenya

  • Pages 16-17: Kenya mapping

 

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March 24, 2020 Summary

Hello Parents and Students! I am missing being at SHARE today (it feels like forever since we’ve been there!). I hope you all are well and are finding fun and creative things to do during this weird, uncertain time. I know we’ve had a lot of disappointment in my house over many spring events being cancelled, but we’re also appreciating a clearer calendar and time together as a family. I love our SHARE community and can’t wait to be back together.

I had planned for today to be about the much-awaited…Madagascar! This little island country off the coast of Africa is one that many of the kids already know by name (mostly because of some certain cartoon zoo animals that happen to visit). I did have some craft ideas that would have been fun but are harder to do with a full class. So I’ll link to those because it may be much more realistic for you to try them at home with one or two kids.

CLASS TIME:

 

 

Madagascar: Did you know:

  • The bizarre-looking baobab tree is the national tree of Madagascar. People sometimes call it "the upside-down tree" because its branches look like roots.

  • Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world.

  • The lemur is only found in the wild in Madagascar.

  • The national sport of Madagascar is rugby, with football (soccer) also popular.

  • More than 50% of the world’s chameleon population lives in Madagascar.

 

HOMEWORK: (1st and 2nd, but K is welcome to do some of these also)

  • Print out and color this picture of the flag of Madagascar, or look up the flag online and create one yourself. This one is super easy! https://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/print/madagascar-coloring-page/. Attach to the next page in your book.

  • Print out a map of Madagascar and label the capital and oceans surrounding it. Attach to the next page in your book.

  • Draw a picture of 2 things you learned about Madagascar

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March 3, 2020 Summary

First of all, I’m thankful that our SHARE families are safe from the storms last night. Praying for all those who suffered loss and devastation.

Today we visited Botswana! One reason I chose this country is because of the elephant sanctuary located there. I was hoping to show some videos today but the wireless was not cooperating, so maybe when we return from break. First, we spent time going over our maps and countries, and then we added some things to our geography books and Botswana to our passports.  We played an African animals guessing game as we looked through my suitcase. In some classes, we made “bead” necklaces with pasta and string. A couple classes played Animal Safari Bingo. Then we finished with enjoying watermelon, which originated in Africa.

HOMEWORK:

1st grade:

  • Complete the African Animals word search and add to page 74 (1st yellow is already on the page; 1st green’s is in their folders)

  • Complete the African Facts page and add to page 75 (1st yellow is already on the page; 1st green’s is in their folders) (answers: 2nd, Asia, 51, equator, deserts, rivers)

  • Read your Studies Weekly and write/draw something you learned on page 76

2nd grade:

  • Complete the African Animals word search on page 84

  • Complete the African facts page on page 85 (answers: 2nd, Asia, 51, equator, deserts, rivers)

  • Read your Studies Weekly and write/draw something you learned on page 86

Have a safe and wonderful spring break! 

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February 25, 2020 Summary

After two school years of traveling the globe, today we finally arrived at our final continent—Africa! I’m excited to explore a little of Africa (unfortunately, there’s no way we can cover all of it in the time we have left). We started with Morocco today. After reviewing all our countries we’ve learned so far, we talked about where Morocco is located in Africa and how close it is to Spain, across the Strait of Gibraltar. We added some items to our geography books (for homework this week) and also added to our passports. We looked through my suitcase and found a soccer, a camel, and many pictures of different places in Morocco, including the Sahara Desert. We ran short on time and didn’t get to watch some of the videos I had (hoping to do that next week if time allows). Then we made suncatcher lanterns, since Morocco uses lanterns in many celebrations. They turned out great! We finished class with some popular Moroccan food: couscous (almost every child who tried it wanted more!), orange slices with cinnamon, and tea with sugar and mint.

NEXT STOP: Botswana

HOMEWORK:

1st grade:

  • Complete the Where in the World is Morocco? booklet on p. 71 in your book.

  • Complete the Morocco booklet on p. 71 in your book. Answer the 5 questions inside behind the folded tabs.

2nd grade: (all assignments on page 81 in your book)

  • Complete the Where in the World is Morocco? booklet.

  • Complete the Morocco booklet. Answer the 5 questions inside behind the folded tabs.

  • Complete the population graph.

  • Complete the What Time is It? booklet. Fill in the blank with your city/town or Tennessee and find out what time it is in Rabat, Morocco, when it’s a certain time here. Add those times to the clocks.

  • Write the answer to the religion question on the major religion tab.

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February 18, 2020 Summary

 

Today we finished our study of Australia and Oceania by presenting what we’ve learned. I loved hearing and seeing all the kids’ presentations and was so impressed by all the work they put into it! We learned so many things about the animals and life in Australia, as well as some great facts about New Zealand and Fiji. (We learned that in a jumping contest with a kangaroo, we will never win—unless it’s a backward jumping contest! They may be able to jump 25 feet in a single leap, but they can’t jump backward.) I’m sure some kids are shy when it comes to presenting, but I would never guess it—they all did so great in front of the class!

We finished class by trying food samples that were brought in and by making fairy bread, a very popular treat at birthday parties in Australia (bread + butter + lots of sprinkles). In a couple of classes, we had time to work on Aboriginal dot painting (with markers).

Next week we’ll begin our visit to Africa!

HOMEWORK: **Please note that these pages were sent home last week in the yellow folders. I made sure to send the sheets home today with those who were absent last week.**

1st Grade:

  • Complete the Australia word search and add to page 67 in your book.

  • Complete the Australia map and add to page 68 in your book. Label the capital (Canberra), the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Tasmania, and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • In class, they drew pictures of what they learned from presentations on page 69.

2nd Grade:

  • Complete the Australia map and add to page 75 in your book. Label the capital (Canberra), the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Tasmania, and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Complete the Animals pages (2) and add to pages 76-77 in your book. Word bank: echidna, nocturnal, tongue, lakes, snout, spur, marsupial, white, joeys, mob, male, hind

  • In class, they drew pictures of what they learned from presentations on page 78.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com  615-972-3436

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February 11, 2020 Summary

Today we spent some more time in Australia. First, we reviewed all the countries we’ve talked about so far and also discussed again what a continent is vs. a country. I love this time with them—seeing them all become so quick at finding the countries! They added their own drawings to their passports for Australia. We watched 3 short videos about Australian animals and the Great Barrier Reef. In 1st and 2nd grades, we also added some information about hemispheres to our geography books. Next week will be our festival, and then we will finish the year (finish the year?!) with Africa!

**THIS HOMEWORK APPLIES TO ALL STUDENTS, KINDERGARTEN INCLUDED.**

HOMEWORK:

**PLEASE NOTE THAT THE HOMEWORK FOR THIS WEEK IS THE FESTIVAL SHOW-AND-TELL/PRESENTATION. I’M INCLUDING ADDITIONAL HOMEWORK FOR 1ST AND 2ND GRADES (IN THE YELLOW FOLDERS) THAT WILL BE NEXT WEEK’S HOMEWORK. (YOU MAY START ON IT NOW, OR WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK TO DO IT.)**

DUE FEB. 18:

 

For our Oceania Festival Day, come prepared to share something you've learned about Australia, New Zealand, or one of the islands (which we won't discuss too much in class). This is very much a show-and-tell kind of assignment (especially for kindergarten). Bring the assigned number of facts to share and a visual to go with it (stuffed toy, item from that country, diorama, poster board, food, craft, costume, etc.). Use websites, books, or videos to learn something to share with your classmates.

Kindergarten: bring in a visual with 3 facts you've learned about Australia (culture, people, animals, etc)

1st grade: bring in a visual with 5 facts you've learned about Australia or New Zealand or islands (culture, history, people, animals, etc)

2nd grade: bring in a visual with 6 facts you've learned about Australia or New Zealand or islands (2 facts history, 2 facts culture, and 2 other facts)

DUE FEB. 25:

1st Grade:

  • Complete the Australia word search and add to page 67 in your book.

  • Complete the Australia map and add to page 68 in your book. Label the capital (Canberra), the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Tasmania, and the Great Barrier Reef.

2nd Grade:

  • Complete the Australia map and add to page 75 in your book. Label the capital (Canberra), the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Tasmania, and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Complete the Animals pages (2) and add to pages 76-77 in your book. Word bank: echidna, nocturnal, tongue, lakes, snout, spur, marsupial, white, joeys, mob, male, hind

 

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com  615-972-3436

 

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February 4, 2020 Summary

Well, though a snow day would be much more fun than a sick day, I hope everyone has enjoyed a relaxing day at home and a chance to sleep in. 

Today I planned to explore some more of Australia before visiting New Zealand next week. We'll still plan to review and discuss both next week. For now, I'm going to assign homework that will be due on February 18, our FESTIVAL day. 

**THIS HOMEWORK APPLIES TO ALL STUDENTS, KINDERGARTEN INCLUDED.** 

 

HOMEWORK

For our Oceania Festival Day, come prepared to share something you've learned about Australia, New Zealand, or one of the islands (which we won't discuss too much in class). This is very much a show-and-tell kind of assignment (especially for kindergarten). Bring the assigned number of facts to share and a visual to go with it (stuffed toy, item from that country, diorama, poster board, food, craft, costume, etc.). Use websites, books, or videos to learn something to share with your classmates. 

Kindergarten: bring in a visual with 3 facts you've learned about Australia (culture, people, animals, etc)

1st grade: bring in a visual with 5 facts you've learned about Australia or New Zealand or islands (culture, history, people, animals, etc)

2nd grade: bring in a visual with 6 facts you've learned about Australia or New Zealand or islands (2 facts history, 2 facts culture, and 2 other facts)

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com  615-972-3436

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January 28, 2020 Summary

G’day, mate! Today we started our study of Oceania by visiting Australia. We took it easy and enjoyed exploring some of the animals and then watched a couple videos of the country/continent/island. Also, we have been talking about the difference between continents and countries—the kids are really getting it! I have kindergarten first thing in the morning, and it also amazes me how ready they are immediately with their maps out and fingers on the United States, ready to jump to Mexico, Canada, skinny little Panama, Brazil, the Caribbean, Guatemala, long and skinny Chile, and Antarctica. All the classes do so great with this review—even out of order!

We checked out the items in my suitcase: so many animals!—kangaroo, dingo, wombat, koala (not a bear!), snakes and more snakes, platypus, Tasmanian devil, and emu. We talked about some of the things they eat—kangaroo, fish and chips, and witchetty grub (eww!). We also looked at a boomerang.

We finished with watching a video on Australia and then visited the Australia Zoo with Robert Irwin (video link below). Then we tried Tim Tam, a popular Australian cookie (found at Kroger or Target). Mmmmm! (They were glad I didn’t bring grubs as my sample.) 😊

We will spend the next couple weeks talking about Oceania/Australia. Our festival will be February 18, which is when the kids will come prepared to share a small presentation about what they’ve learned.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y699qXKDVwE

HOMEWORK:

1st grade:

  • watch a video or read a book about Australia. On page 65 in your book, write or draw three things you’ve learned about Australia.

2nd grade:

  • watch a video or read a book about Australia. On page 72, write three things you’ve learned about Australia.

  • Choose an animal from Australia and on page 73, write three things you’ve learned about that animal. Include a picture.  

 

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January 21, 2020 Summary

Today was a snow day! Well, at least in geography class. We visited Antarctica and got to experiment with ice, and some classes had time to play with snow (3 c. baking soda + ¾ c. water). The temperature outside was definitely in keeping with our theme! We reviewed all our countries so far and then talked about Antarctica. The kids colored it on their maps and also added color to the areas where penguins are found. We discussed how no one lives in Antarctica except scientists (no citizens) and there are no cities, unique holidays, or culture. We also talked about how it is actually a…desert! The super-low amount of precipitation puts them in the same category as sandy, hot deserts!

We worked on a sheet in our books about what we would pack if traveling to Antarctica. The kindergartners also completed a life cycle chart for penguins (1st and 2nd grades will do it for homework). Kindergarten did so great at following along with the life cycle!

Then we did some science in geography. First, we talked about how penguins move: walking, sliding, and swimming. We did an experiment to see how a penguin (ice cube) would slide on a plain cookie sheet or with sand paper. We talked about how the kids wouldn’t be able to sled on a day like today because without snow/ice, there would be too much friction. Then we freed some penguins from an iceberg. We started by using warm/hot water to pour over the ice to melt it away and free our toy penguins. But we also noticed how much faster the ice melted when we added rock salt to it. (We also realized throughout the day that the residue of salt left on my cookie sheet dramatically slowed (friction!) the sliding of my future classes’ ice cube penguins.)

Everyone got to take home a rescued penguin and some snow slime (which I told them not to play with on rugs and couches and beds!). We finished class with popsicles. Brrrr!

Next week: Australia (we’ll study Australia before finishing the year with Africa partly because of the current events/fires happening right now in that area)

HOMEWORK:

**Please check your child’s yellow folder each week and empty it so we know you’re aware of any communication we’re sending home. Some folders are starting to get pretty full.

**I’ve forgotten to send home the Studies Weekly this week and last, so next week I’ll plan to send home 3 to keep us on track.

**If your child’s geography book spiral is coming detached, please try to reattach that at home. Some of them are coming apart and the kids are frustrated in class and have a hard time getting it out of their backpack. As much as binders have been an issue in the past when the clips pop open and papers spill out, I think I will go back to binders next year. 😊

1st Grade:

  • Complete the Penguin Word Search and add to page 61.

  • Read the penguin facts and add to page 62.

  • Complete the Penguin Life Cycle and add to page 63. Start with the group/clutch of eggs at the top box.

2nd grade:

  • Read the penguin facts and add to page 68.

  • Fill in the reading sheet (has a tiger on top but it’s for the penguin reading) using the facts from p. 68 (ARE, CAN, HAVE, EAT, LIVE, LIKE)

  • Complete the Penguin Life Cycle and add to page 70. Start with the group/clutch of eggs at the top box.

 

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January 14, 2020 Summary

I'm sorry for the delay this week. I had everything posted Tuesday night and published it  (even checked that it went through) but was just notified that my homework/summary wasn't up. 

This week we discussed Tennessee and filled out some important cities and landforms on our map. Kindergarten made a map out of clay by following directions. They turned out great! We added some things to our geography books and finished with Moon Pies (made in TN). 

Next week we'll explore Antarctica. 

HOMEWORK: 

1st grade:

  • Fill out the map of Tennessee, adding the Mississippi River, Tennessee River, Cumberland River, Appalachian Mountains, Memphis, Knoxville, and Nashville (mark with a star), and the border states. Add to page 57 in your book. 

  • Color the State Shapes page and add to page 58. 

2nd grade:

  • Fill out the map of Tennessee, adding the Mississippi River, Tennessee River, Cumberland River, Appalachian Mountains, Memphis, Knoxville, and Nashville (mark with a star), and the border statesAdd to page 64 in your book. 

  • Complete the TN crossword and add to page 65.

  • Optional: Complete the airplane/flight experiment and bring it to share next week in class. 

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January 7, 2020 (2020!!) Summary 

It was a great day back at SHARE! I'm thankful for the kids who were healthy enough to be there and hope those who are sick feel better so soon! Though I can't believe break is already over, I'm excited to get started with this semester.  

Today we continued talking about the United States and some of the important symbols and places. We reviewed the countries we've visited since the beginning of the year (it's been a while!). Then we made fluffy bald eagles. The kids loved them (and named them)! 

Next week we'll spend some time talking about Tennessee before we head to Antarctica (we'll see if the weather matches our lesson in a couple weeks). 

HOMEWORK:

1st grade: 

  • Complete 5 questions on the Learn a New State page and attach to page 52 in your geography book. 

  • Complete the Timeline of My Life page and attach to page 53 in your book. Be prepared to share it next week. 

2nd grade: 

  • Complete the Timeline of My Life page and attach it to page 59 in your book. Be prepared to share some next week. 

  • Read an article in your Studies Weekly and write or draw a picture on page 60 showing/telling what you read about. 

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December 3, 2019 Summary

Woo! We had a great Christmas party today! It was a whirlwind, but I think the kids had a great time! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving last week and I wish everyone a relaxing and sweet Christmas break. 

I'm posting the homework here again this week for easy reference. You may have already worked on some of it since it's the same thing I posted over Thanksgiving.

 

**Reminder: progress reports came home today in your child's gift bag. Please be sure to sign it and return it in their yellow folder when we return to SHARE in January. **

See you in 2020!!! 

HOMEWORK:

 

1st grade:

  • Complete the Voting, Election worksheet and attach to page 47 in your book

  • My State on the Map worksheet: complete 5 of the questions and attach to page 48 in your book

  • United States Map geography scavenger hunt: complete 6 of the hints (or try them all!) and attach to page 49 in your book. (We won’t have time to study all the states this year, but this is a way for the kids to become acquainted with the US map.)

2nd grade:

  • Complete the Voting, Election worksheet and attach to page 53 in your book.

  • My State on the Map worksheet: complete 7 of the questions and attach to page 54 in your book

  • Learn About a New State worksheet: complete 5 of the questions and attach to page 55 in your book

  • United States Map geography scavenger hunt: complete all of the hints and attach to page 56 in your book. (We won’t have time to study all the states this year, but this is a way for the students to become acquainted with the US map.)

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com or 615-972-3436

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November 19, 2019 Summary

Today was such a sweet day! We continued reviewing the United States and then talked about Thanksgiving. I read the book A Turkey for Thanksgiving, which is a cute, funny story about Mr. and Mrs. Moose “having a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner.” Ask your child to tell you about how the story turned out. Then we made pinecone turkeys by adding feathers with what we’re thankful for. They turned out so cute, and I loved hearing what some of the kids are thankful for. 😊

Since we’re on the topic, I’m thankful that today’s weather was perfect for being outside! I’m thankful for the freedom and ability to homeschool my 4 boys. I’m thankful for all my SHARE kids and parents. I’m thankful you bring your child(ren) to SHARE, leaving them with us as you possibly go forward with difficult things during your day. And I’m thankful for the prayerful, caring teachers I teach with and for Christy, who keeps it all running. I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

HOMEWORK: This week’s homework is all coming home in a very full yellow folder! That’s because I’ve included the homework for this week (none over Thanksgiving week) and for the week after our party, since backpacks will not come to school that day (12/3). You’re welcome to cram it all in now and be free of homework for the next month or so, or do it as time allows until we meet again in January. I’ve also sent home the Studies Weekly for the weeks through Christmas break (perfect for holiday travel road trips or distraction while you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner).

1st grade:

  • Complete the Voting, Election worksheet and attach to page 47 in your book

  • My State on the Map worksheet: complete 5 of the questions and attach to page 48 in your book

  • United States Map geography scavenger hunt: complete 6 of the hints (or try them all!) and attach to page 49 in your book. (We won’t have time to study all the states this year, but this is a way for the kids to become acquainted with the US map.)

2nd grade:

  • Complete the Voting, Election worksheet and attach to page 53 in your book.

  • My State on the Map worksheet: complete 7 of the questions and attach to page 54 in your book

  • Learn About a New State worksheet: complete 5 of the questions and attach to page 55 in your book

  • United States Map geography scavenger hunt: complete all of the hints and attach to page 56 in your book. (We won’t have time to study all the states this year, but this is a way for the students to become acquainted with the US map.)

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com or 615-972-3436

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November 12, 2019 Summary

Today we jumped around on our map reviewing all the places we’ve been this year, and then we settled on the United States, which is where we’ll be for the next 3 weeks of class. The kids were all quick to realize that though they haven’t been to the other countries we’ve talked about, they’ve all been to the United States! :) We looked through my suitcase at many symbols for the US: a bald eagle (national bird), buffalo (national animal), American flag, train whistle and railroad spike (Transcontinental Railroad), plane (Wright brothers/flight), Statue of Liberty (we talked about how she wasn’t always green), the White House, Mt. Rushmore, and several other national monuments. We looked at the American flag and talked about the colors, 13 stripes, and 50 stars. Then we added a flag picture to color to our geography books and colored a smaller version of a craft stick flag. Some kids thought it would be fun to attach a ribbon to hang on the Christmas tree or somewhere in the house. In 1st and 2nd grades, we also included a list of states and capitals in their books. There are many games and websites to help with learning the states and capitals. Though we won’t spend time learning them at SHARE, this may be something you’d like to do at home. We finished by watching a video of Tour the States and also one about US symbols, and we had a sample of All-American apple pie.

HOMEWORK: (in yellow folder) (Also, next week I will send home all homework sheets for over Thanksgiving break and Christmas break since we won’t have another class day before then to hand out papers. These will all be due in January when we return and you can work on them now or later as your schedule allows.)

1st grade:

  • Complete the American Symbols word search and add to page 45 in your geography book

  • Draw a picture (or print one out) of a US symbol (bald eagle, buffalo, Washington Monument, etc) and write one fact about it.

2nd grade:

  • Complete the stapled (3 pages) cutouts for Tennessee and add to pages 49-50 in your geography book. (Note: we’re not making a lapbook, but just attaching them to the pages in their book.) On the first cutout, add a map of TN and a picture or drawing of the flag. On the second page, cut out and fold the paper and add a picture or fact behind each of the 3 tabs. On the 3rd page, cut out and fold and add a word or picture behind the tabs for Tennessee’s state bird, flower, tree, and famous person. (We won't spend a ton of time on Tennessee but I'm hoping this will get them acquainted with our state.)

  • Complete the American Symbols word search and add to page 51 in your geography book.

  • Complete the 5 US Regions worksheet (this is not a test even though it says “Test”) and add to page 52 in your book.

  • Optional: See if you can find all 50 states on the 50 State Word Search

Please let me know if you have any questions! adamandlisag@gmail.com or 615-972-3436

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November 5, 2019 Summary

Today we finished our time in Canada. We reviewed some of the items related to Canada and some of the famous places. We added two pictures to our passports (the walled city in Quebec and the Northern Lights—which some remember from our Alaska study last year). We watched a video of things to do in the Northwest Territories, including seeing the Northern Lights. Then we also watched a video on Canada facts for kids. Second grade shared their two facts with the class from their Canada research. They did great! We finished with leaf rubbings (in honor of Canada and fall). Many have never done rubbings before and they seemed to really enjoy them. A perfect art project for broken crayons!

Next week we’ll travel home to the US. We’ll do a lesson about Thanksgiving and Pilgrims in a couple weeks, and then we’ll finish the US when we return from Christmas break (what?! Can you believe it’s that time already?!).

HOMEWORK: (Sheets are in the yellow folder, along with Studies Weekly. Please be sure to empty the folder each week so we know you’re receiving our communication. Also, be sure to attach homework sheets on the correct pages so it’s easier to find them when we’re going over them the next week.)

1st grade:

  • Complete the worksheet It All Adds Up and attach to page 39 in your geography book.

  • Complete the Reading Maps sheet and attach to page 40 in your book.

  • On page 41, write 2 things you learned about polar bears during our visit to Canada.

2nd grade:

  • Complete the worksheet It All Adds Up and attach to page 42 in your geography book.

  • Complete the Reading Maps sheet and attach to page 43 in your book.

  • On page 44, write 2 things you’ve learned from reading/looking at the Studies Weekly papers (this week or a past week).

  • Optional: Learn a little about latitude and longitude by completing the Where in the World page (in your yellow folder)

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October 29, 2019 Summary

 

Today we spent some more time in Canada. We reviewed the countries we've covered so far and then what we learned last week about Canada. We talked about Manitoba being the polar bear capital of the world. We added a polar bear picture to our passports and then watched a video of kids seeing polar bears in Canada. We talked about polar bears skin and fur. Then we used pom poms to paint our own polar bear pictures. They turned out great! We finished with some maple leaf cookies (except 1st yellow--ran out of time. Next week!). 

HOMEWORK:

1st grade: 

  • Complete the map skills worksheet (in yellow folder) and attach to page 37 in your book. 

  • On page 38, draw a picture of your favorite thing you've learned about this year in geography. 

2nd grade: 

  • Complete the map skills worksheet (in yellow folder) and attach to page 39 in your book. 

  • On page 40, draw a picture of your favorite thing you've learned about this year in geography. 

  • Read a book or watch a video about Canada (or google interesting Canada facts for kids). On page 41, write or draw 2 interesting facts about Canada that you learned. I'll give everyone a chance next week to share these with the class.  

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October 22, 2019 Summary

 

I hope everyone had a wonderful fall break! Today we started our first of several weeks in Canada. I know I’ve said it before, but I love seeing how all the kids remember the location of the countries we’ve studied. So many of them were jumping their fingers across Central and South America as we reviewed. Then we went the opposite direction to Canada. We added the flag and a picture of Niagara Falls to our passports. We looked through my suitcase to find some pictures of famous places, a polar bear, maple leaves, maple syrup, a hockey puck (no, soccer is not the favorite sport here!), a moose, and animal fur. Then we watched a video about Niagara Falls and a video of a song about Canada (C-A-N-A-D-A). We spent the rest of class playing Canada Bingo to learn about some of the famous symbols of Canada.

HOMEWORK:

1st Grade:

  • Day 1: Complete the Using a Map Scale worksheet and attach to page 34 in your book.

  • Day 2: Complete the Following Directions worksheet and attach to page 35 in your book.

  • Day 3: On page 36, draw a picture or write about something you learned about Canada.

                

2nd grade:

  • Day 1: Complete the Using a Map Scale worksheet and attach to page 36 in your book.

  • Day 2: Complete the Following Directions worksheet and attach to page 37 in your book.

  • Day 3: On page 38, draw a picture or write about something you learned about Canada.

    •      Locate Niagara Falls on a map and draw a waterfall (or print and glue a picture) at that         spot on your Canada map on page 35.

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October 8, 2019 Summary

Today we had our festival for Central/South America. It was a great day! I loved seeing all the things the kids brought in to share with the classes. First of all, I could tell they all worked so hard at preparing their projects, whether it was an item or pictures or poster board. Second, they did a great job getting up in front of the class and sharing what they’d learned. Even though some are quieter, they all got up in front and seemed very confident in doing so. We got to see pictures of flags and animals and famous places. We also got to check out dolls from several countries, instruments from Jamaica, a soccer jersey from Argentina, a working volcano for Chile, and much more! There was also a lot of food to try. I learned that many of the kids have parents or friends who have visited or lived in many of these countries. I think our first festival day was a success!

After fall break, we’ll be touring the US and Canada. Time to leave the heat of South America for some cooler temps in the north. Until then, have a great (finally cooler!) fall break!

**PLEASE check and empty yellow folders each week and return to SHARE. This way we know you're receiving our communications. NOTE: progress reports came home this week. Please sign and return these in the yellow folder when we return after fall break.

If you have any questions, please text or email me at 615-972-3436 or adamandlisag@gmail.com

 

HOMEWORK: (don’t forget the Studies Weekly can be used as additional practice and learning throughout the week)

1st grade:

  • Complete the Reading a Map worksheet (park) and attach to page 30 in your book.

  • Complete the Treasure Map worksheet and attach to page 31 in your book.

  • On page 32, write about or draw 2 things you learned from your presentation or a classmate’s presentation.

2nd grade:

  • Complete the Reading a Map worksheet (park) and attach to page 32 in your book.

  • Complete the Treasure Map worksheet and attach to page 33 in your book.

  • On page 34, write about or draw 2 things you learned from your presentation or a classmate’s presentation.

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October 1, 2019 Summary

We finished our time in Central and South America by visiting Chile today. We found all our previous countries on our maps and then looked for the world's longest, skinniest country--Chile! We compared the flag (red, white, and blue, with one star) with our American flag. Then we looked at my suitcase: a volcano (again! lots of volcanoes in this area of the world), soccer, rain stick, and Moai head from Easter Island (an island NOT with Easter eggs!). We watched a short video about Chile and learned that even though they have one of the driest deserts, they also have penguins (way down south near Antarctica)! Then we made rain sticks and ate sopapillas. 

NEXT WEEK: FESTIVAL (or fiesta, as our southern neighbors would say)!!

HOMEWORK--ALL: (including kindergarten)

Next week, on October 8, we will have our first festival! After almost every continent/region we study this year, we’ll finish with a festival to celebrate and share about that area of the world. For our first festival, we’ll share about Central and South America (including the countries we’ve learned about that are technically North America).

  • First, choose a country to share about. It can be one we’ve learned about in class or one of the many that we didn’t get to. We have studied Mexico, Panama, the Caribbean (many countries there!), Guatemala, Brazil, and Chile.

  • In order to keep from all sharing about the same country, please try to choose a country that starts with the same letter as your child’s first or last name. If that’s not possible, or if you really, really have your heart set on a certain country (for example, you’ve been to Argentina and have a cool souvenir, or a friend lives in Honduras and sent you something from there), that’s fine as well!

  • Then come prepared to share about your country. This will be much like a show-and-tell.

       Bring in a visual item (we have had many creative things in the past! Food from that country,             souvenirs, dress up in clothing representing that country, poster board with pictures, Lego                 creation, etc.).

  • With your visual item, come with interesting facts to share with the class about your country. 2nd grade needs 3 facts, 1st grade needs 2 facts, and K needs 1 fact. I am definitely happy to help read anything your child brings in if they need help. Most kids love the chance to get up front and share, and even if they are shy (like me!), it’s a great opportunity to try something new!

  • Please, please let me know if you have any questions!

  • If you have any questions, please text or email me at 615-972-3436 or adamandlisag@gmail.com

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September 24, 2019 Summary

 

Today was another great day at SHARE! The kids are getting used to the routine and it’s exciting to see how much they’re learning about geography. Today we visited Brazil! After I checked homework (I love all the drawings the kids create of what they’ve learned!), we followed our usual routine of finding the previous countries on our maps and then Brazil. We added Brazil’s flag to our passport and stamped it. Then the kids colored Brazil on their maps while we went through my suitcase. We found a blue macaw, toucan, snake, monkey, tree frog, and caiman, representing so many animals that are found in the Amazon Rainforest. We found a soccer (futbol) since Brazil is a BIG fan of soccer! There was a feather boa and mask for Carnival, the big celebration in Brazil. We watched some video clips of the Amazon River and some of the animals of the Amazon, as well as other habitats in Brazil. We finished class by making our own Carnival masks (which was a storm of sequins and feathers!).

NEXT STOP: Chile

**PLEASE check and empty yellow folders each week and return to SHARE. This way we know you're receiving our communications.

If you have any questions, please text or email me at 615-972-3436 or adamandlisag@gmail.com

Studies Weekly: Today the kids are bringing home their first 6 weeks’ worth of Studies Weekly in their yellow folders (I just received them in the mail). Each week they will bring home a new issue. These are NOT homework but will hopefully be a great resource to supplement throughout the year. There are map skills activities, and the primary focus is on Tennessee. They can do these in the car or while waiting at appointments, with a sibling during quiet time, or with you as part of school. (2nd grade received a 2nd grade set and K and 1st grade received the 1st grade set.)

 

HOMEWORK:

ALL: (including kindergarten)

In 2 weeks, on October 8, we will have our first festival! If you were at SHARE last year, you probably remember these. If not, I hope to explain it well so you’ll understand what it is. After almost every continent/region we study this year, we’ll finish with a festival to celebrate and share about that area of the world. For our first festival, we’ll share about Central and South America (including the countries we’ve learned about that are technically North America).

  • First, choose a country to share about. It can be one we’ve learned about in class or one of the many that we didn’t get to. By the 8th, we’ll have studied Mexico, Panama, the Caribbean (many countries there!), Guatemala, Brazil, and Chile.

  • In order to keep from all sharing about the same country, please try to choose a country that starts with the same letter as your child’s first or last name. If that’s not possible, or if you really, really have your heart set on a certain country (for example, you’ve been to Argentina and have a cool souvenir, or a friend lives in Honduras and sent you something from there), that’s fine as well!

  • Then come prepared to share about your country. This will be much like a show-and-tell.

       Bring in a visual item (we have had many creative things in the past! Food from that country,             souvenirs, dress up in clothing representing that country, poster board with pictures, Lego                 creation, etc.).

  • With your visual item, come with interesting facts to share with the class about your country. 2nd grade needs 3 facts, 1st grade needs 2 facts, and K needs 1 fact. I am definitely happy to help read anything your child brings in if they need help. Most kids love the chance to get up front and share, and even if they are shy (like me!), it’s a great opportunity to try something new!

  • Please, please let me know if you have any questions!

1st grade:

  • Draw a picture on page 28 of something you learned about Brazil.

2nd grade:

  • On your Brazil map (in the yellow folder), label the Amazon River and the capital of Brazil (Brasilia). Glue this to page 30.

  • On page 31, draw a picture or write about something you learned about Brazil.  

  • For fun (not homework): read over and do the activities on the Brazil page (in your yellow folder).

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