This study is designed to be an introductory course to world cultures and geography for the primary grade student through delightful children’s picture books. Along with award-winning literature, this course includes nature study, folktales, fables, music, art, poetry, and history. Gentle Socratic questions are designed to prompt discussion and discovery. Geographic elements include country maps and flags for students to cut out, paint or color, encouraging journaling of all the student is learning.
Each country visited features a selection of animals indigenous to those regions. These beautiful drawings will familiarize students with some remarkable creatures, their habitat and habits, cultivating respect and wonder for the natural world. Part One covers Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica. In Asia we explore China, Japan, Thailand, and India. In Africa we visit Morocco, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ghana. Each country visited also includes a Library Connection, as well as History and Biography suggestions, so that teachers can expand the study with additional recommendations. Each chapter concludes with a fun foray into the cuisine of the country with recipes, photos, and links to create a memorable evening visiting unique culinary creations from around the world.
Study features 70 lessons and can be used in one semester or one year depending on pace. Complete 4 lessons per week for a semester study or 2 lessons per week for a year-long study.
Essential Books Used in the Course:
Part I: Europe and South America
Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski
Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno
Anatole by Eve Titus
Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
Anno's Spain by Mitsumasa Anno
Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
El Chino by Allen Say
Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Lenny Hort
Anno's Italy by Mitsumasa Anno
Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola
Karl, Get Out of the Garden! by Anita Sanchez
Wings for Per by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Energy Island by Allan Drummond
Anno's Denmark by Mitsumasa Anno
Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
Right Word by Jen Bryant
Tuki and Mokka by Judy Young
We're Sailing to Galapagos by Laurie Krebs
Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell
Martin de Porres by Gary D. Schmidt
Lucia's Travel Bus by Nam-joong Kim
Art Masterpieces to Color by Marty Noble
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