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  •  Your State Home-School Convention

     5-Part Series: The Geography Connection
     Past Issues
          Part 1.  Cultural Geography, Newsletter 145
          Part 2.  Physical Geography, Newsletter 146
          Part 3.  Teaching Geography, Newsletter 147
     This Issue: Part 4.  Integrating Geography
            •  Start with Other Subjects
            •  Start with a Geography Topic
     Next Issue:  Part 5.  Geography Today and Tomorrow

Recommended Resources
 •  The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide
 •  Welcome to the Wonderful World of Geography
 •  The Victory Drill Book Phonics Program
 •  Atommate: The Chemistry Card
 •  The Teaching Home Back Issues
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     One of the basic principles of education is that new
information is best understood and remembered when it is
connected to other knowledge.

     In this issue we resume our 5-part series on geography by
offering practical suggestions for relating your study of
geography to other subjects.

     There are two ways that geography can be related to other
subjects.  We will explore both methods in this issue.

1.  Start with other subjects, then find and follow the geography

2.  Start with geography, then find and follow the connections to
     other subjects (i.e., use a topic in geography as the theme
     of a unit study).

     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

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Start with Other Subjects

     The basic journalism questions can be applied to any subject
by asking: Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How?  Naturally the
"Where?" question is our geography connection to other subjects,
some of which we explore below.

Basic Study for Any Subject
     Start with these suggestions for any geographic location
that you encounter in any subject.

 •  After finding a location on the globe (which gives the best
     geographical perspective), use a wall map and/or detailed
     map in a book or atlas to fine-tune the location.

 •  Images of the location can then make the place more real to
     your children. You can find them in library books, travel
     videos, or movies set in the location you are studying.

 •  Research the location in books and online.
     Operation World
     CIA World Factbook
     Library of Congress Country Studies
     Many links to online information are contained in the first
three issues of our series on geography (see Table of Contents


The (Award-Winning!) Ultimate
Geography and Timeline Guide
by Maggie Hogan and Cindy Wiggers
     Everything you need to teach geography
from kindergarten through high school.
All-in-one: lesson plans, ideas, unit study,
and inspiration!


Specific Study by Subject Area
     After doing the basic study suggestions above, add the following.

1.  History
     History is a subject for which the "Where?" question is a
necessity; without a place setting, the events of history are
 •  When you study or otherwise encounter any historic event, use
     both a timeline and a globe to locate its place in time and
     space.  This will add perspective and interest.
 •  Geography Matters carries many products with timeline and
     mapping activities to use with any history curriculum.

2.  Literature
     Each piece of literature, with the exception of science
fiction and fantasy, has a setting that can be located
in both time and space.

 •  If the book you are reading has been made into a movie, it
     may portray a good sense of place even if other aspects of
     the book are not faithfully represented.

3.  Science
     Often the location of a scientific discovery or activity is
relatively unimportant.  However, looking up any location
associated with science or scientists provides an opportunity to
become acquainted with different parts of the world and gives
your children a global awareness of the interconnection of people
and events.

4.  Art and Music
     Art and music can be traced geographically according to:
• The subject matter of the piece.
• The home and/or background of the artist.
• The location in which it was created and the influence that
     location (and time period) had on the work.

5.  Bible
     The geography (both physical and cultural) of Bible lands
adds greatly to the understanding of many stories and passages in
the Scriptures.
     This is a region of the earth that your children should know
very well.

 •  Study the geography of Bible lands systematically.
 •  You will need maps that show the different place names and
     boundaries unique to each time period, not just modern ones.
 •  Most Bibles have helpful maps in the back.

 •  Geography Matters offers "Trail Guide to Bible Geography,"
     Bible timeline figures, and Bible atlases.
 •  Bible Maps & Resources offer quality study maps including
     elevation, physical, and political maps of Israel, maps
     showing events, Bible timeline figures, and Bible atlases.
 • features photographs and descriptions of
     sites related to the Bible with an emphasis on biblical
     archeology, geography, and history, as well as many links
     to more information.


"Welcome to the Wonderful
World of Geography"
World Physical Geography
Written by Brenda Runkle
     This one-year curriculum, covering the
fundamentals of geography, is appropriate for
grades 6-12.  It includes a student textbook,
student activity workbook, and a teacher's guide.
Order from Geography Matters, 606-636-4678.


Start with a Geography Topic

     A geographic area can become the theme for a unit study
integrating several subjects.

1.  Choosing Your Area
     The size of the geographic area that you choose as a unit
study theme will affect the depth and length of your study.

 •  The broader the geographic area, the broader your unit study.
 •  A smaller area will make your studies more detailed.
 •  You may also limit your unit study focus by selecting a
     historic time period as well as a geographic location.
 •  The length of time your unit study lasts will depend on the
     amount of material available, the time in your school
     schedule, and the interest of your family.

2.  Gathering Your Resources
     As you gather your resources, set aside a large box or
a shelf to assemble all of them.

What To Look for
 •  Materials on several different levels of depth or
     difficulty for each child participating.
 •  Atlas, encyclopedia, dictionary, and other reference books.
 •  Christian textbooks on various levels with one on a high
     school level for older students and your own information.
 •  Resource books such as Eyewitness, Usborne, Dover, or
     Reader's Digest illustrated, nonfiction books.
 •  Reading and literature books.
 •  Audio tapes of recorded books and music.
 •  Videos of classes, travel logs, documentaries, or movies.
 •  Activity or coloring books and educational games.
 •  Educational software.

Unit Study Curriculum & Helps
     For more information, suggestions, and resources for writing
your own unit study, see the following.
 •  Unit Studies, Part 1, Newsletter 55
 •  Unit Studies, Part 2, Newsletter 56

Prepared Geography Unit Studies
  •  Geography Matters offers geography unit study resources.


"The Victory Drill Book" Phonics Program
Works for the Beginning or Poor Reader

     Use this effective tool to achieve smooth,
skillful, proficient skills in reading rapidly and
understanding what is read.  Complete program
includes:  "Victory Drill Book,"  Teacher's Guide,
Worksheets, Pre-Drill Book, and CD with accurate
pronunciation of phonetic sounds.


 3.  Enjoying Various Activities
      Use this checklist for any unit study.

Research and Study Skills
 •  Teach your children how to research, evaluate, and gather
     materials and information from a variety of sources (see the
     links in our geography series).
 •  Teach your children to take notes for reports or review.
 •  Have each student and teacher keep a notebook on your topic,
     adding information, completed assignments, notes, maps,
     pictures, resource lists, etc., as you go.

Bible / Christian World View
 •  Use a Bible concordance, topical handbook, or online Bible
     search to look up key words related your study.    
 •  Write out, discuss, and memorize selected Scripture passages.
 •  Show and discuss how a Christian should apply and use in a
     practical way the knowledge and information you are

Reading and Literature
 •  Assign topic-related reading at each child's level.  Include
     historically-correct fiction, good literature, poetry, and
     nonfiction (essays, biographies, histories, diaries, etc.).
 •  Choose at least one piece of good literature related to your
     topic for reading together as a family.
  •  Discuss what you have read.  Ask comprehension questions
     about facts, inferences, and generalizations. 
     (See Newsletters  23, 25-26, and 28-30.)
 •  Describe the setting and locate the time and place on a
     timeline, globe, and map.

Language Arts
     Assign reading, comprehension, spelling, grammar, and
penmanship exercises, using passages from books on your unit
study topic for copywork, dictation, identification of parts of
speech, sentence diagramming, spelling, vocabulary, etc.

 •  Do a parent-supervised Internet search on your topic and
     write a report with links to e-mail to your friends.
 •  Write a newspaper-type article about events you study.
 •  Make a simple, illustrated book for children telling about
     some facet of your topic.
 •  Write essays, poems, stories, reports, plays, book or movie
     reviews, etc. related to your topic.


"Atommate"(TM): The Chemistry Card
Game That Makes Learning Easy & Fun!
•  49 cards with 32 elements include atomic
     symbols and facts about the element.
•  Instructions for seven games.
•  Suitable for beginners through advanced
    students -- ages 10 and up.
•  Designed by a Ph. D. Chemist.


Speech and Drama
 •  Give an oral report using maps, pictures, or charts.
 •  Dress in a national costume while giving your report.
 •  Make a video of your report or dramatization of a scene.
 •  Watch a video or movie.
 •  Give an illustrated travel lecture or design a travel
     brochure on your topic location.

Vocabulary and Spelling
 •  Start with a short list of key words that define or outline
     your topic, and add new or significant words as you
     encounter them.
 •  Verbally test your students by asking them to spell and
     define the words and use them in sentences.

 •  Have children copy or write as you dictate passages from
     books on your topic.  Assign a couple of sentences for
     younger children; a couple of paragraphs for older ones.
 •  You can also use these passages for typing practice.

 •  Make a relief map using dough art, clay, paper, or
 •  Draw, label, and decorate a map.
 •  Make and illustrate a timeline of events.
 •  Construct a diorama.
 •  Paint a portrait gallery of people studied.
 •  Use pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, pastels, paints, or
     chalk to draw or paint a picture related to your study.
 •  Use chalk, dry erase, overheads, or a Powerpoint presentation
     to make a report.
 •  Display a collection of items relevant to your topic.
 •  Make a scrapbook of your unit study activities, including
     photos and descriptions.
  •  Visual Manna's Teaching Geography Through Art helps you add
     great art projects to any geography or history study.

History and Geography
 •  Use a Christian history textbook or other resources on the
     time period and place, noting:
          Influential people and events.
          Political highlights.
 •  Read historically-correct fiction.
 •  Locate your topic on a timeline, globe, and map.


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 •  Study famous scientists, discoveries, and inventions of the
     location and era you are studying.
  •  Identify topics in science and geography which overlap
     (e.g., climate, oceanography, earthquakes, ecosystems).

Arts and Philosophy
 •  Study the art, music, and literature of the area and
     time period.
 •  Study the religion and philosophies of the area and time
     period and their influence then and now.
 •  Use Francis Schaeffer's "How Shall We Then Live" book or
     video series for the relationship of each age's philosophy
     to its art and music.

Cultural Elements
 •  Look for cultural cookbooks for children, such as
     Usborne Internet-linked Children's World Cookbook and
The Kids' Multicultural Cookbook.
 •  Research to find what clothing would have been worn by the
     people you are studying.

 •  Play educational table games, online or software computer
     games, or make your own games.
 •  Builder Books carries many geography games.
 •  Make any game educational by having you child answer a
     question related to your topic before taking his turn.
 •  Shop thrift stores for educational games (check for missing
     pieces). Missing instructions can sometimes be found online.

Field Trips
 •  If you can't go overseas to visit a far-flung location, see if
     you can visit a similar location closer to home.
 •  Take a virtual field trip by travel video from your library.
 •  Look for products from your topic area in the foreign foods
     section at your grocery store or in import stores.


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