Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Our very first continent to study in our new World Geography curriculum (using Galloping the Globe as a guide) is Asia.
I thought it would be fun to make a continent box for each continent, full of goodies we will pull out as we learn about each thing pertaining to that specific country's culture.  Here are a few pictures of some of the many things we had in our Asia box.  (The kimono draped over the front will be presented when we study Japan.)
 There are snacks from China (which I grabbed at World Market), chopsticks, Kokeshi dolls from Japan, a fan ...
... Chinese New Year plates, matcha milk candy from Japan ...
... Chinese tea cups with koi chopstick holders (also at World Market for less than $3 each) ...
 ... dreidels for when we study Israel, Botan Rice Candy from Japan, and more!
Maggie had a lot of fun exploring it!
To start our study, we colored Asia on our world map from the Galloping the Globe book (page 11), below.  We then looked at the map of Asia on page 25 of the same, and read page 24 to better understand what we were looking at.  (This map of Asia will go into our binder as well, and as we study each country, we will color that country on the Asian map, too.)
 Next, we read the fact sheet on Asia from Evan-Moor's The World: Reference Maps & Forms book (page 79).  (We will be using this great resource all year.)  We added the fact sheet to our binder, behind the map.
From there, we read about Asia on pages 66-69 of The Usborne Book of Peoples of the World ...
... and on pages 46-47 of Children Just Like Me by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley.  (We will be using both of these books a lot throughout this course.)
We also used our Usborne Children's Picture Atlas (pages 36-37) to spot the things that make Asia unique.
The images on the maps are colorful and interesting!
 Next, we looked at the exports from Asia using the neat map we found at http://time.com/106666/world-export-maps/ (below).  It was fun to discuss them and what kinds of things we own that were exported from Asia.  We will use these export maps for every other continent as well.  A copy of this went into our binder.
For our final look at Asia, we studied the Himalayas, the world's largest mountain range with the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest.  (I had laminated this poster (full of info on the back) I received with my National Geographic subscription years ago for just such a day!)
After locating the Himalayas on our topographical globe, we watched several videos on Mount Everest.  The first is this fun facts video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqkgKHu1gt0 (below).
Next, we watched this "Why Is Mt. Everest So Tall?" video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy9GFAOGGXU (below).

This was our third video, "How Hard Is Climbing Everest?" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-b74MIScnE (below).

Our fourth, short video was "The Time I ... Climbed Mt. Everest," about a thirteen-year-old boy who completed the feat, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dcL-PJUFRI (below).

And our fifth and final video was a National Geographic video, "Everest -- Getting to the Top," at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFkC7Cd9-IE (below).  This one confirmed why I will never want to climb Mount Everest.
I thought each of these videos (in this order) was very helpful for Maggie in understanding the power behind a mountain like Everest.  She was fascinated.

We then read through this May 2003 issue of National Geographic magazine, Life and Death on Everest.  (This was the same issue I got the poster from.)
After our reading, I printed a fact sheet with questions about Mount Everest from http://primaryleap.co.uk/primary-resources/2384/Year+6/Geography/Mountains/Mount%20Everest/#.WUiAmOvyuM9.  This got added to her binder. 
Next, we added "mountain" to our glossary of geography terms (the specifics on that can be found at our last post at http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2017/07/introduction-to-world-geography.html), using the artwork for the mountains picture we downloaded from http://www.onlypassionatecuriosity.com/a-visual-guide-to-landforms/ (also referred to in our last post).
To review what we knew about mountains, we read How Mountains Are Made by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld ...
... and we revisited what we learned from our metamorphic rocks lesson (at http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2017/05/metamorphic-rocks.html), using towels and graham crackers to demonstrate how tectonic plates form mountains.  (The following pictures are from that post.)
Just add water to make the graham crackers pliable!
We had fun learning about Mount Everest and were excited to soon dive into our very first country, China!  (That post will be added soon!)

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