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Social Studies and Geography

Posted by on 29 August 2008

One of my daughter’s favorite topics is geography.  Last year, she earned the title of “Miss Social Studies” from her teacher.  K’s teacher gave all the kids nicknames and that was hers.  She loves everything social studies.  Her favorite topic of everything in social studies is geography.  Last year, the teacher handed them a blank map of the U.S. and told them to label as many states as they could.  Miss K named 48 out of the 50 states.  She missed Connecticut and New Hampshire.  Because of that, she didn’t have to do a couple of the next lessons/quizzes and often had to help other students.  That thrilled her to no end!!

Now that we’re homeschooling, we plan to have fun with social studies.  She’s going to learn what she needs to and some very important stuff, but we’re also going to enjoy it.  Part of our social studies this year (and probably every year) will be to keep a timeline of every event, person and so on that we study.  I have the timeline all printed out and put in a 3-ring binder.  We used this timeline.  (I’ll list more timeline options at the end of this post.)  However, there are many others available out there that are free and printable.  Each event or person (or anything else that can be placed on a timeline) will be marked on the timeline.  We’re including a picture and the date.  It’s still early yet, so there’s really nothing to show you.  Some of the pictures will be drawn by K, others will come from the internet or photocopied from a book.  I think this will just be the neatest binder to look back on at the end of each year.  Miss K loves this idea too and she’s never done much work with a timeline before.

Another fun aspect of social studies this year will be our passports.  We’re using the passport from HS.T.T. as ours.  (I’ll list more passports at the end of this post.)  For each country or state that we study or learn about, we’re going to place a stamp or graphic on our passport to represent it.  I’m hoping at the end of the year, that we’re world travelers.  So far, we have Wisconsin and Kansas because we’ve learned about those with our read aloud book Little House on the Prairie.  They traveled through Minnesota and other states to get there, but I’m undecided if we’ll add them to the passport.  She has learned about all the states of the Midwest as part of our lessons, which included the Great Flood of 1993.

There is another great passport here.  You can find a passport and plane ticket as well at this class site.  Here’s a cute mini passport and a pattern for another one.  There’s also a Passport for Learning for lower grades.  

I think I’ve shared some timelines before, but one can never have enough choices or reminders!!  Here’s a verticle timeline and a timeline generatorThis and this can be used to make personal timelines.  Cindy Downes has a couple printable timelines as well as links to a couple others.  Finally, there is timelines for homeschool that have many great suggestions and links to other printables.

There’s others available for both of these items.  I search in Google, Yahoo or other search engine will bring up serveral choices.  Often, the hunt is part of the fun!!  I do hope that some of the items that I’ve listed will be of help to those that are looking for them.     

5 Responses to Social Studies and Geography

  1. Debbie

    You are really going to town. All I could think was how long it took to write this post with all the links. LOL There’s probably an easy way to do it, but I do it the long way.

    I’m patiently waiting for the guest blogger, really I am.

  2. Laura

    Oh, this sounds like fun! Can I come to your school too?

  3. Elaine

    LOL It’s easy to do, Debbie. You’ve done it a few times. I like to give people access to the materials I use and I absolutely love it when other people share, so it’s usually worth if for me.

    We are having a great time!! I know we’ll have some rough spots, but this is so great. She always comments on what she can do that she never has before. She’s even asked why they can’t do it in school since it helps a lesson and doesn’t hurt it. I think this is probably her favorite part so far!

    Laura, you’re welcome any time, but there’s NO talking in class!! And you have to pay attention to the teacher….or else!! LOL

  4. Elaine

    This is new for me so hope you have time to play. Tag you’re it.
    The rules are: Mention six quirky, yet boring, unspectacular details about yourself. Tag six other bloggers by linking to them. Go to each person’s blog and leave a comment that lets them know they’ve been tagged. If you participate, let the person know who tagged you you’ve posted your quirks!

  5. Elaine

    I’m still working on it Elaine. I don’t know what’s quirky and boring!! LOL

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