Attention all geography buffs! The GeoSpy Agency needs you! Help them identify continents, countries, states and provinces to earn full GeoSpy status. For your first assignment, visit: missmaggie.org. Good luck!
on Wednesday May 1 at 02:55PM
To celebrate Earth Day (which is right around the corner), make these fun little paper mache globes.
You'll need a small round balloon, paper mache paste (1 part flour and 2 parts water), a whisk, 1" newspaper strips, 1" tissue paper strips, a bucket of paste, a disposable cup and plate, skewer, battery operated tea light, and a bucket of water and paper towels for clean up.
Music is a fantastic learning tool, especially for the memorization of tricky things. Check out this fun YouTube video about the 50 states and their capitals.
WAKKO'S AMERICA (Episode 21 of Animaniacs) Music traditional (Turkey in the Straw). Lyrics by Randy Rogel.
Wakko: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Indianapolis, Indiana And Columbus is the capital of Ohio There's Montgomery, Alabama, south of Helena, Montana Then there's Denver, Colorado, under Boise, Idaho.
Texas has Austin, then we go north To Massachusetts' Boston, and Albany, New York Tallahassee, Florida, and Washington, D.C. Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Nashville, Tennessee.
Elvis used to hang out there a lot, ya know.
Trenton's in New Jersey, north of Jefferson, Missouri You've got Richmond in Virginia; South Dakota has Pierre Harrisburg's in Pennsylvania and Augusta's up in Maine And here is Providence, Rhode Island, next to Dover, Delaware.
Concord, New Hampshire, just a quick jaunt To Montpelier, which is up in Vermont Hartford's in Connecticut, so pretty in the fall And Kansas has Topeka; Minnesota has St Paul.
Juneau's in Alaska and there's Lincoln in Nebraska And it's Raleigh out in North Carolina and then There's Madison, Wisconsin, and Olympia in Washington Phoenix, Arizona, and Lansing, Michigan.
Here's Honolulu; Hawaii's a joy Jackson, Mississippi, and Springfield, Illinois South Carolina with Columbia down the way And Annapolis in Maryland on Chesapeake Bay.
They have wonderful clam chowder.
Cheyenne is in Wyomin' and perhaps you make your home in Salt Lake City out in Utah, where the Buffalo roam Atlanta's down in Georgia, and there's Bismarck, North Dakota And you can live in Frankfort in your old Kentucky home.
Salem in Oregon; from there we join Little Rock in Arkansas; Iowa's got Des Moines Sacramento, California; Oklahoma and its city Charleston, West Virginia, and Nevada, Carson City.
That's all the capitals there are!
on Tuesday March 19 at 04:15PM
Have your child trace a map of the United States and then interview friends and family to see which states they've been to. Have them make a legend for which colors represent which people. You'll have a colorful representation of your interview!
on Wednesday January 16 at 10:18AM
Gear up for Christmas Eve! Here's a fun way to learn about Geography while tracking Santa as he works his way across the globe. Just visit noradsanta.org on Christmas Eve to see Santa work his magic worldwide.
on Friday December 7, 2012 at 10:30AM
Here's a fun visual idea that focuses on the world we live in. Cut five envelope fold foldables that will nestle inside of each other at the following dimensions:
Earth: 8-1/2" square
Continent: 7" square
Country: 5.5" square
State: 4" square
City: 2.5" square
After you make the foldables and glue them inside each other, illustrate them to match what each foldable represents. The outside one is the earth, next, is the continent, then country, state, and then city. On the very center of the foldable, inside the city, draw your home.
on Wednesday October 3, 2012 at 10:07AM
Looking for a great resource that introduces physical geography? Check out Geography4kids.com. Most of us think about Geography as just countries and Gross Domestic Products, but there's much more to it. Physical geography is all about the Earth and the things that happen on Earth. Check it out and learn something new!
on Wednesday September 5, 2012 at 10:50AM
Having an actual map that can be pieced together makes learning geography that much more real for children. Childandme.com has some map outlines to print off and trace onto different pieces of colored felt (or to save time, carefully hold the printed copy and the felt together as you cut both, while holding them tightly). You can then print out continent names and any other words you might want to include, like equator, north, south, east, and west. Then get a little string for the equator and you've got a great little interactive map!
on Thursday May 10, 2012 at 04:17PM