What do your students know about geography?

Would your students be able to identify Darfur on a map?  Guatemala?  Syria?  Students have access to so much information from the internet but it seems like they don't know where countries are located.

ELA and Reading teachers can help.  The huge number of diverse books that have been published recently is a great way to get them to care about people from other countries.

What you can do:

Introduce your students to Google Earth and let them find the countries, marking the sites described in the book.

Create a Google Earth tour (or find one online) for the book that shows them the sites.  Make sure to include pictures of places and people.  Our students need to know that children all over the world have similar interests and habits!

This is in my classroom, looking like this because students haven't started yet.  As we read books, we'll mark the locations on the map.  It'll be interesting to see what countries students will visit as they read!

In a future blog post, I'll talk about some fun BOOM games that your students can play to continue learning about the world they inhabit!

In the meantime, have a great week!

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