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Passports Geography Club

Updated on January 1, 2011

Passports Club :: A Geography Co-op

Kids love learning about other countries. We recently started a homeschool geography club or cooperative to provide an opportunity for our kiddos to share what they've learned, gain exposure to other countries in the same region, and practice their presentations skills. This is a great way to study geography and is adaptable to a classroom or scout groups.

Take a few minutes to explore - you may surprise yourself with a few new discoveries.

Practicing Their Presentation Skills

How to Establish a Passports Club Co-op

  1. Meet once a month whereby students share a special project they did during the month. Projects could be a lapbook, a dance, a costume, a recipe they tried, a 3-dimensional map they made, a poster of an animal in its native habitat, etc.
  2. A region of the world will be assigned each month. Students pick their own country to focus on from that region to alleviate the "no books left at the library" situation and repeated information in student reports.
  3. Families are encouraged to make a meal from their selected country on their own at home. If they feel lead to share a recipe with the group, that would be more than welcome.
  4. Attendance is not required. Families are free to attend when they can but are not obligated. No pressure.
  5. A Geography Picture Dictionary is available here as a free download - feel free to use it if you wish.
  6. As you proceed, students can earn stamps in their 'passport'. Passports are available here as a free download.

The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World

The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World
The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World

This is an excellent book for Geography teachers. I will be teaching multiple ideas from this book without any thought process on my part. One of the best teacher lesson plan books I have EVER seen!

 

Use this sample outline while planning your country studies.

Week 1

Monday

~ Locate/map country

~ Introduce song of the country

~ Color and label map

Tuesday

~ Notebooking page(s)

~ Learn about the flag

~ Review song

Wednesday

~ Geography features:

~ Literature of the country

~ Fun website of the country:

~ Review song

Thursday

~ Language & religions

~ Review song

Little Passports :: A Global Adventure - Inspire Your Child to Learn About the World with a Little Passports subscription.

Each month our characters, Sofia and Sam, travel to a new country on their magical scooter and share their experiences with your child.Your child will receive an exciting package via postal mail that includes an adventure letter, fun souvenirs, activities and access to our online Boarding Zone full of games and activities. Little Passports .. the world awaits.

Here's another sample outline to help you plan your geography study.

Week 2

Monday

~ Quick review

~ Currency

~ Literature from/about

~ Review song

Tuesday

~ Famous artist

~ Other special people: explorers, musicians, etc...

~ Review song

Wednesday

~ Animal from country & habitat

~ Review song

~ Put together meal from country

Thursday

~ Gather with Passports Club co-op and share a project

~ Stamp passports

~ Review song

The Complete Book of Maps & Geography

The Complete Book of Maps & Geography
The Complete Book of Maps & Geography

I have found this to be an excellent beginning level book. It establishes a foundation for understanding the basics of the 5 Themes of Geography: "location, place, people & environment, movement, and regions". Any student (and parent!) who truly completes this workbook will have a solid grasp of the essentials of geography.

 

Around the World

Around the World Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)
Around the World Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book)

My kiddos love to color when I read and I like the coloring page to be related to topic. The coloring pages help keep them interested in the topic, and stop fights from starting. Dover coloring books really made school easier and more fun for all of us. Best for K-2nd grade.

 

Please take a moment to leave a little note about your dream destination. We love to hear travel stories, too. What was your most memorable adventure?

Where Do You Dream of Traveling?

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