SW and Ko-Ko have some sort of geography brain block. OK so perhaps they won't make maps for a living. However a basic knowledge of the country you live in is required. You would think think that since they do well in geology that they would do well on geography, but no. They may be able to tell you the difference between how the Appalachian and the Rockies were formed, just don't ask them where they are.
So we have been working on correcting this. Sometimes simple is best. Well this week (for just 50 cents) I found "All Around Canada" on currclick. I ordered and downloaded it! There are three cute, simple stories about characters traveling the different areas of Canada.
I then made some worksheets to correspond to the stories.
Here is my plan:
Week 1, Wandering Wally -western Canada.
Day 1 read story do cut and paste work sheets (really simple, especially at my kids Grades but I want it to be easy and quick).
Day 2 read story. Go on computer and get pictures of the sights...kind of like a virtual trip with a virtual camera. Print pics.
Day 3. Read story. Map quest the journey from
Capitol to Capitol. Print, and draw onto a map of Canada.
Day 4. Read story. Choose the thing you would most want to do if on Wandering Wally's journey, read about it, and share with the rest of us.
Week 2&3: same thing but with the other stories.
At first I was working on much more academic work that one would expect to find at their grade levels. But then it occurred to me (which hasn't occurred to me in all this time we have spent on this subject.) My main goal for these two: knowing the provinces and capitols. Why does it need to be hard based on age? Well it doesn't. And when they do know the basics the rest will fall into place, like knowing where the mountains are.
I will post their progress at the end of the week.
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