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Argentina Geography Printables – Free Printable Download

 

Our recent geography study has taken us to South America and that involved some more updated printables for Kaleb. Argentina is our second stop in our “trip” to South America. The bottom of this post aslo includes additional helps for learning tools, lesson plans, and a book unit from other moms to help you out as well. 

The Argentina Geography Printables include the following worksheets:

  • an Argentina mapping sheet {map rivers, oceans, major cities, }
  • an Argentina factsheet to write down information about Argentina including current population, climate, type of government, and more
  • an Argentina flag coloring page 
  • an Argentina flag information sheet and notebooking page

 


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We’ve been using the below books to help us fill in the information blanks with our pages: 


 

 

 

More Geography Resources

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FREE Continent Fact Files

 

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Don’t miss these FREE geography printables listed by continent…

Click on one of the globes below to search for geography resources by continent. Each page has downloads for flag coloring and information pages, mapping pages, and links to blog post full of lesson plans and additional information.

Africa   Asia   Australia
Europe    North America    South America
 

We also highly recommend taking part in a Little Passports subscription! Not sure which adventure to choose for your explorer? Check out these Little Passports website for more information. 

 

Brazil Geography Printables – FREE Printable Download

Our recent geography study has taken us to South America and that involved some more updated printables for Kaleb. Brazil is our first stop in our “trip” to South America, but the first stop of several. Below too you will find additional helps for learning tools, lesson plans, and a book unit from other moms to help you out as well. 

The Brazil Geography Printables include the following worksheets:

  • a Brazil mapping sheet {map rivers, oceans, major cities, }
  • a Brazil factsheet to write down information about Brazil including current population, climate, type of government, and more
  • a Brazilian flag coloring page (both unofficial and proposed)
  • a Brazil flag information sheet and notebooking page

 

 


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We’ve been using the below books to help us fill in the information blanks with our pages: 


 

 

 

More Geography Resources

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FREE Continent Fact Files

 

world flag cards for matching free homeschool geography resources 10 tools for teaching geography - hands on ways to incorporate geography learning

Don’t miss these FREE geography printables listed by continent…

Click on one of the globes below to search for geography resources by continent. Each page has downloads for flag coloring and information pages, mapping pages, and links to blog post full of lesson plans and additional information.

Africa   Asia   Australia
Europe    North America    South America
 

We also highly recommend taking part in a Little Passports subscription! Not sure which adventure to choose for your explorer? Check out these Little Passports website for more information. 

 

Continents Fact Files Printable – Geography Printables

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This year Kaleb and I have been wandering around the world via books, Little Passports, and various other things we come across in our travels. We have a slew of resources and to go along with a few of our books, I put together some printables where we could track important information related to the countries. 

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There are several pages for each continent: a blank continent image, one showing countries/territories within the continent, and another labeling each of the countries/territories within the continent (Antarctica only has one page). 

All continent fact pages were designed using the traditional Montessori colors: Africa (green), Antarctica (white), Asia (yellow), Australia (brown), Europe (red), North America (orange),  and South America (pink). 

Each page has room to record the following information and also shows where that continent is in comparison to other continents: 

  • Size/Area
  • Number of Countries
  • Population
  • Highest Point
  • Place with Most People
  • Climate
  • Top Landmarks
  • Natural Resources
  • Nearby Oceans

We’ve been using the below books to help us fill in the information blanks on each continent fact file: 


 

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The set also has seven half-sheet printables we recommend printing off onto cardstock and laminating. Use them as larger flash cards to show the various country/territory divisions on the continents. We have a copy in each of our continent boxes and will put them on the wall above our map when we are studying the continent. 

We also highly recommend taking part in a Little Passports subscription! Not sure which adventure to choose for your explorer? Check out these Little Passports blog posts and learn more about their four subscription options:

Download the Continent Fact Files & Continent Cards

Your family is more than welcome to download the 23 page Continent Fact Files as well – and we hope they are a help to you!

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More Geography Resources

 

 

world flag cards for matching free homeschool geography resources 10 tools for teaching geography - hands on ways to incorporate geography learning

Click on one of the globe to search for geography resources by continent. Each page has downloads for flag coloring and information pages, mapping pages, and links to blog post full of lesson plans and additional information.

Africa   Asia   Australia
Europe    North America    South America
 

10 Tools for Teaching Geography & Exploring the World

10 tools for teaching geography - hands on ways to incorporate geography learning

We are barely finished with this school year, and over the last few weeks (ok, months) I’ve been piecing together what we will be doing during the upcoming school year. One of my initial plans for this past year was to work on world geography with the boys. Unfortunately, I went a little overboard in my mind and it was put to the side – mainly because I wanted to reinvent the wheel and put together a billion ideas (which were all good) into creating our own curriculum. 


Rather than running myself ragged – and truthfully in an effort to keep it more simple – I’ve decided to use something that is already pre-planned – Elementary Geography and Cultures from Masterbooks. It’s a curriculum I’ve been eyeing for quite some time (thanks to my friend Carisa) and includes the books Passport to the World and the Children’s Atlas of God’s World .  Yes, I will likely end up reworking some of my past geography printables and also create a few additional go-alongs for what we are doing, BUT I am so very excited about this one year world geography plan. 

Now, while having a curriculum framework to follow is great, the most effective way to teach our kids geography is through the hands-on tools that go along with ANY curriculum. Here are 10 tools for teaching geography – all things our family has used (and will use again) to keep learning fun.

10 Tools for Teaching Geography

10 tools for teaching geography and exploring the world

1 // Read Lots of Literature (and then some more)

One of the things we enjoyed the most our first geography go-round were the many books that are available based on the countries we studied. From missionaries that served in the country to picture books about artists or scientists, there is an amazing abundance of books to read and learn through. If you’d like to see the books we read through before, check out this page and click on the continent link to see favorites by country. 

2 // Play and Learn Music

Music can be one of the best tools to use for children to memorize things. Our girls used Geography Songs and we’ll use that again for learning countries, bodies of water, and continents.

Also spend time listening to composers who were born in the different countries or music that is native to the geographical areas. Take a trip to your library and check out a few CDs or have fun browsing YouTube to see traditional dances. 

3 // Create Art

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Learn about artists native to the country you are studying or special art styles that are based in a geographical region.  When we were studying the Amazon, we used chalk pastels to draw frogs, toucans, and other animals from the rainforest. They were some of our favorite drawings we’ve done! 

4 // Create Continent Boxes

Put aside and group all of the hands-on materials you collect into boxes (or bags) based on countries or continents. Over the years we’ve collected many fun things (some from our subscription to Little Passports) and also some new materials (I am absolutely in love with TOOBS and their animals and landmark figures). I’ve purchased seven photo storage boxes to keep all our materials in one spot. (Thanks to Counting Coconuts for the idea.)

5 // Learn about the Animals

Include a little science learning into each geographical area you study by looking at animals that are native to to that country. Our girls loved learning about kangaroos and koalas when we studies Australia, peacocks when we learned about India – and there are so many more. Learn about their habits, diet, and classification. We often created lapbooks and those stayed on our shelves to review for years to come.

6 // Eat and Cook a Special Meal Together

 

Cooking is not only a life skill for kids to learn, but it can be a memorable way to learn about a country. Depending on the country you are studying, pick a recipe or create a meal that would be native to that country (granted Antarctica might be a little hard…), but snow cones might be a favorite! Every now and then we would treat the kids to a special meal out if we had a great restaurant in town, because sometimes the cultural experience is equally (or even more) fun. If Pinterest is too overwhelming, the book Eat Your Way Around the World is full of recipes to try.

 

7 // Put a Puzzle Together

While you are reading out loud or keeping fidgeting kids busy, pull out a puzzle and work on it together. We have all of the GeoPuzzles and absolutely LOVE them. Rather than being regular shaped puzzle pieces, each piece is shaped like the countries within that continent. 

8 // Make Lego Creations

Using Legos in the Classroom

Legos may never leave our home. Our kids have a plethora of them, and we will definitely be incorporating them into our geography time filling out blank outline maps, building famous landmarks…or getting a good laugh in when the kids depict the most hilarious historical scenes with LEGOs. (Sometimes you just have to laugh even though beheading are no laughing matter.)

9 // Draw Through the Countries

Have a child that loves to draw? Pull out the Draw Write Now series and let your kids illustrate their way around the world. Use the Draw and Journal pages to draw a picture of an animal or landmark in that country and write down a few facts to go along. Our kids love to draw while I’m teaching – and it can help them remember facts better as well. Geography Through Art is another great book that includes art projects using different mediums – from all around the world.  

10 // Use Geography Printables

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If you know me well, you’ll know that I love creating printables that help our kids in the learning process. Over the years we have used a variety of printables, both ones I’ve pulled together and ones from other blogging friends. Here are a few free geography resources

 

Those are a few of the ways we incorporate fun into our geography studies – how has your family expanded geography learning together? 

 


Amazon Animals Chalk Pastel

Last year you may remember me sharing a few of the chalk pastel projects that we worked on thanks to Tricia at HodgePodge. This year, for one of our co-op projects, I somehow managed to sign myself up for the Amazon region art spot with the older group of kids.

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Relying on all the fun we had last year with the chalk pastels and knowing how forgiving they can be, we pulled together a fun Amazon Animals Chalk Pastel project for the kids using a few basic supplies {see a version of this project at Deep Space Sparkle}.

  • 9×12 black paper {we used construction paper because it’s what we had handy, but in the future I would use something different}
  • Chalk Pastels
  • Oil Pastels {to outline}
  • And LOTS of baby wipes. Lots, people.

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Each of the children {ages 8 to 13} chose a picture of a frog, bird, or animal that had been printed out prior to the class {I printed out a few pictures via a Google image search}.

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They lightly sketched their version of the image onto their paper using a black oil pastel and then colored it in with the chalk pastels.

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Once the chalk pastels had been smudged, outlines of the picture were retraced to make it ‘pop’.

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The kids all had a blast creating their projects and we think they turned out great!

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Resources for Chalk Pastel Art

Here are a few projects we’ve worked on using chalk pastels and also a few resources in case you would like to work on one with your family:

Fall Art Tutorials Seasonal Chalk Pastel Bundle

 

Learning About Venezuela ~ Lesson Plans and Links

Venezuela is the northernmost country of South America and a little larger than the state of Texas and Oklahoma put together. It is home to Angel Falls, the highest waterfall in the world. Venezuela is also the wealthiest nation in Latin America because of the petroleum/oil reserves that are found in the country {second in size to those in the Persian Gulf area}.

There are several different areas in Venezuela: beautiful beaches, the Andes mountains, plains {llanos}, rainforests, and the highlands {tepui}. We talked a little bit about everything this week: Columbus, the first explorer to visit Venezuela in 1498; the religion and languages of the country; Angel Falls; and Simon Bolivar, the man that led the revolt that ended the Spanish rule of Venezuela.

You can view the other countries that we’ve studied from South America on my South America geography page.

Week 1 Layout

Monday

  • Review our South America song from Geography Songs {see words below}
  • Use atlas and globe to locate the country of Venezuela; read in the atlas about Venezuela
  • Read one of our books from our bookshelf about Venezuela.

  South America

    Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia,

    Ecuador, Peru and Chile and Bolivia,

    Uruguay and Paraguay, Brazil and Guyana

    and Suriname ~

    These are the countries of South America.

    The French have French Guiana.

    The British have the Falkland Islands.

    Brazil is the biggest country and

    Chile is the longest.

Tuesday

  • Learn {and review} some terms: mountains, beaches, plains, rainforest, tabletop plateaus
  • Independent reading from bookshelf
  • Filled out the map of Venezuela notebooking page

Mapping Venezuala   Click on thumbnail to download pdf file

Wednesday

  • Review geography song
  • Talked about languages and religions of Venezuela
  • Independent reading 

Thursday

Week 2 Layout

Monday

Flag of Venezuala 

Click on thumbnail to download pdf file

Tuesday

  • Learned about Jimmy Angel and Angel Falls
  • Watched this video of Angel Falls and also this one {amazing}
  • Read together one of books from bookshelf

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Summarized one of our reading books and copy summary/dication
  • Cooking ~ Platanos Fritos
  • Added our notebooking pages to our binder and stamped our passports!

Books & Resources

 

Resources and Websites

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