USA Geography | Introduction

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Recently, I shared our USA Geography plans which you can read more about here.  Our lessons are specific to my now 7 year old (2nd grade), but my 3 year old also joins in when possible.  For this reason, I try to make additional copies of certain activities which I will share links to below or have crafts, songs and activities I know my preschooler will also enjoy.

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I first wanted to introduce the girls to the continents and oceans, get them familiar with where North America is located and work on identifying the countries of North America.  I found this song and video that they loved!  We spent a few days singing the song, locating continents and oceans on our wall map and also comparing a globe to our wall map.  Our favorite wall maps are these, we have both the world and USA version by Wall Pops.

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Next, we talked about a compass and directional terms using this printable.  The printable comes is many options, I chose two pages that would focus on abbreviations while also covering the full names of each directional term.

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Then, we started following the lessons as part of Road Trip USA by Confessions of a Homeschooler.  We discussed regions and used this printable to divide the US into specific groups by various colors and also by labeling.

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We then moved on to getting to know Washington, D.C. by reading out of our atlas' (resources here), reading several books, and viewing various sites and monuments along with the White House online.

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Abby enjoyed teaching Summer the Pledge of Allegience and they both enjoyed the history of the flag and learning the significance of the stars and stripes.  Summer likes to paint, but isn't fond of getting her hands dirty so this activity was perfect for her.  I love how cute they turned out!

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Towards the end of the week, we read A Picnic in October about a trip to Liberty Island and the symbolic meaning of the Statue of Liberty. Abby did a few art projects and dot-to-dots (see Pinterest board), along with an experiment showing how the copper has since aged and weathered to a blueish-green hue using vinegar and pennies.

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The girls' favorite part so far has been singing and dancing to the States and Capitals song.  We are starting with the southern border states, using this video and will move on when they are ready.

Next, we will begin exploring the Northeast Region beginning with Conncecticut, so stay tuned.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for linking up with us at Hip Homeschool Moms! I'm about to begin studying the USA with my youngest child, so I was happy to come across this article!

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you have found some fun ideas.

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