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Robin in Colorado
09-01-2009, 12:22 PM
a unit study!

Love GTG and CTC, but they are not what we need right now.

I need a world and / or a US geography curricula that talks about

how to read a map
where things (countries, states, rivers, mountain ranges, oceans, etc) are
who lives there, how they live and why
what the weather is like there, and the terrain


Basic, simple.

At this time, I can't take the time for the state flag and flower; or to cook a meal (well, maybe one or two); or do the national dance, or incorporate literature and math and art and science into geography. Those things are great and fun - and IMPORTANT - and I'd love to do them - for reasons beyond my control, I just can't now.

I just need basic, bare-bones geography.

Any recommendations? Please?

Beth in Texas
09-01-2009, 12:28 PM
Rand McNally workbooks.

Robin in Colorado
09-01-2009, 12:29 PM
I've been using those; the ones we have don't really do much with the peoples - just the maps. Do you have some specific titles?

Beth in Texas
09-01-2009, 12:39 PM
Robin, I can't get it up right this moment. ;) It's been awhile but when we did the workbboks I also read to them from another book that was about specific people's cultures and beliefs of each area and it was written with a missionary perspective. Photography was excellent too. Ugh, the name escapes me right now but it complimented the workbooks well without being time consuming. I'll get it for you in a bit. :)

Beth in Texas
09-01-2009, 01:00 PM
Here we go, Window on the World (http://rainbowresource.com/product/Window+on+the+World/013796/1251827789-723476).

Robin in Colorado
09-01-2009, 05:23 PM
Beth, that looks interesting! I'm also looking at "The Little Man on the Map." They might work well together - one for world, one for US.

Christi in OH
09-01-2009, 06:02 PM
My DS likes the Spectrum Geography I found at Borders. We do most of it orally.

Jen M
09-01-2009, 06:03 PM
My dd is doing this VERY simple Geography Warm-ups (http://www.christianbook.com/geography-level-1-kate-ohalloran/9780825144905/pd/144906?item_code=WW&netp_id=292044&event=ESRCN&view=covers) every day. :)

elizawill
09-01-2009, 06:06 PM
hi robin,

i really love the free BCP lessons and we incorporate them here & there. they have specific ones for geography. they are divided by grade & are broken down what to teach each month. the lessons are based on the core knowledge sequence: http://www.baltimorecp.org/lessons/draft_lessons.html they go through 5th grade, but i have read they are advanced - so you could use them beyond that.


you may also find lessons at www.coreknowledge.org helpful (under lessons).

hth.
amy

MarieD
09-01-2009, 06:12 PM
I need a world and / or a US geography curricula that talks about

how to read a map
where things (countries, states, rivers, mountain ranges, oceans, etc) are
who lives there, how they live and why
what the weather is like there, and the terrain

Basic, simple.

I just need basic, bare-bones geography.

Any recommendations? Please?

Not a curriculum, but this (http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/web_games_mac.htm) covers the geography portion (countries, capitals, rivers, lakes, and terrain.) There are also little facts that pop up for each place in a little box on the side.

Heather W
09-01-2009, 06:46 PM
Evan Moor Daily Geography might work for you.

Trail Guides to World and US Geography have daily drills and week long geography lessons. I like them a lot. I would not consider them unit studies.