Monday, August 21 is the date of the Great American Solar Eclipse. However, there is much to learn and observe before the event! Below is the collection of online resources we’ll be using for eclipse lessons and to prepare for the viewing.
Everything You Need To Know About the Solar Eclipse – Explanations, Diagrams, DIY Safe Viewing Projects, and more!
Animated and Interactive Eclipse Maps – Find out when and where
Eclipse History – NASA’s collection of historical eclipses starting with about 5000 BC including Chinese, Babylonians, and Greeks to current times.
A Day With Two Dawns – Free Eclipse Ebook and Resources from Apologia
Eclipse Kit – Resources and STEM activities from NASA
Our town is one of the prime totality viewing spots. We’ve decided to avoid the crowds that are expected at the various events and have our own back yard party.
For the party!
Sun, Moon, and Stars Coloring Sheets (most of these are suitable for teens and adults)
Each month the Special Days list will include multiple opportunities for geography studies! (See right sidebar for the current month’s list or use the search bar to access other months.) Some months will have a “Heritage” theme. For example September is ” Hispanic Heritage” so the countries of Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America could be included in the month’s lesson plans. Other geography lessons can be based on Statehood Anniversaries and Country Independence Days which are also included as entries in the Special Days posts. In fact, we just finished a study on The Bahamas that we began on their Independence Day (July 10, 1973).
Both the kids and I look forward to our geography studies! We generally include mapping activities, fun facts (natural resources, population, currency, landforms, etc.), event timeline, famous people, key words and phrases of the language or lingo, culture, music, art, landmarks, religion(s), holidays, unusual customs, a recipe, a video tour, a postcard art project, and occasionally another hands-on project. We have a binder that we continue adding to as we learn about places.
Our local library has a good selection of books and DVD’s to help with geography studies. We also get a lot of our information from web searches using the country’s name and “travel tips. I find it good advice to preview everything before sharing with your family!
Below is my online “go-to” list when preparing for a geography study.
We enjoy watching “Geography Now” videos and will check there first when looking for ‘country’ videos. We will usually find a virtual tour or travel guide on Youtube to watch, too. (When using the Youtube search bar, I will include the words “for students” or “for kids”. This saves me quite a bit of time previewing because bad language or an inappropriate image is less likely) .
“Get all sorts of information on any country including a map, a picture of the flag, population and much more!”
Maps and Facts http://geology.com/world/world-map.shtml
Around the World Craft Ideas http://www.freekidscrafts.com/world-crafts/
Country Notebooking Printables http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebie-country-study-notebooking-pages/
States Videos and Facts http://www.history.com/topics/us-states
States Notebooking Printables
States Lapbook Printables http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__usa.php
Crosswords, Word Searches, and Writing Pages Every State http://www.printable-worksheets.com/states
Printable Maps http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps.htm
Blank Timeline Printables http://notebookingfairy.com/timeline-notebooking-pages/
Christian Resources and Prayer Projects for Country Studies https://joshuaproject.net/global/countries
Recipe Collection from Around the World for Families http://globaltableadventure.com/
Learn the Basic Key Words and Phrases with Audio of Many Foreign Languages http://www.surfacelanguages.com/
Foreign Language Courses http://www.languagetutorial.org/
As I’ve said before, I love combining several subjects into one topic! I keep a daily journal and subject checklist and will often be able to checkoff Geography, History, Art/Music Appreciation and Application, Cultures, Religion, and various sciences such as Zoology, Geology, Botany during a week long (or longer) geography based study.
Language Arts naturally fits into a geography study with the subjects of
- Reading Comprehension,
- Foreign Language
- Composition and Penmanship
Math lessons are easily added to a geography study.
- Figuring travel time and costs to visit,
- Calculate currency conversions.,
- Use map key measurements to calculate distances from home to the place being studies
- Graphing a map
- Half a recipe or cook for a party
- Temperature ranges and averages
- Statistics – Population, Gross National Income, %’s, and graphs
- Math usages from data – tallest mountains, sea level heights, river widths/lengths, area in square miles and/or meters.
- Anything with numbers that comes up during a Special Days – Geography study.
(This post is actually ‘Part 3’ of a series in which I’m explaining how my family learns across the curriculum with topics selected from the Special Days list. For the series introduction click here. For Part 2 how we use famous birthdays for biographies with resources, click here. And, Part 4, science studies click here).
There are wonderful opportunities for learning from the November calendar! Here’s a BiG resource list for teaching and learning with November’s themes, holidays, and special days. Be sure to check back occasionally throughout the month, for I’ll be adding to this collection as more resources become available.
November, 2018 holidays, observances, food themes, and awareness days, historic figures, composers, artists and authors birthdays, science and history based anniversaries, and more! https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2018/10/26/special-days-in-november-2018/
Printable SPECIAL DAYS IN NOVEMBER
Helpful “go-to” resources for educational calendars, monthly themes, and special days studies https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/
How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :
Adopt a Turkey – Wild Turkey Resources, Crafts, and Activities http://www.franw.com/2011/11/wild-turkeys.html
Aviation – The study resources we used during August’s “Aviation Week” are great and will work just as well in November. https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/08/17/aviation-week-learning-resources/
Diabetes – Pre-K – 12 Teacher Guides, Worksheets, and Quizzes – Just enter “diabetes” into the search bar to pull up which level you need – http://classroom.kidshealth.org/index.jsp?Grade=0&Section=welcome
Historic Bridges – Learning Resources and Activities https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/05/27/bridges/
Music – We also go to this site often for music theory, composer biographies, and free sheet music printables http://makingmusicfun.net/
NaNoWriMo (National November Writing Month) – Young Writers Program – Guides, Lesson Plans and Workbooks – https://ywp.nanowrimo.org/pages/educator-resources and the NaNoWriMo homepage http://ywp.nanowrimo.org/
Native American Heritage – Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2015/10/native-american-resources.html
Squash – Resources and Recipes http://www.franw.com/2011/11/3-sisters-squash-pumpkins.html
Sweet Potato Awareness – Resources and Recipes http://www.franw.com/2015/09/sweet-potato-resources.html
World Communication – Communication Skill Building Videos https://www.edutopia.org/topic/communication-skills
Presidents With Nov. Birthdays:
- Nov. 2 – Warren Harding 1865
- Nov. 2 – James Polk 1795
- Nov. 23 – Franklin Pierce 1804
- Nov. 24 – Zachary Taylor 1784
Presidents Resources and Activities – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/
Nov. Statehood Anniversaries
- Nov. 2 – North and South Dakota1889
- Nov. 8 – Montana 1889
- Nov. 16 – Oklahoma 1907
- Nov. 21 – North Carolina 1789
States Videos and Facts – http://www.history.com/topics/us-states
States Notebooking Printables – http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/06/free-state-notebooking-pages-2.html
November Daily Specials
Nov. 1 – Plate Tectonics Day – Lesson Plans and Activitieshttp://geology.com/teacher/plate-tectonics.shtml
Nov. 2 – Alternate birth date for Daniel Boone 1734 (other sources say Oct, 22) https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/10/22/daniel-boone/
Nov. 3 – First Dog in Space 1957 – Article and Resource List http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/dogs/
Nov. 4 – Common Sense Day – Read the Thomas Payne Publications http://www.pagebypagebooks.com/Thomas_Paine/Common_Sense/ and watch this episode of Liberty’s Kids http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlBeITstkE
Nov. 5 – Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night – http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/guy-fawkes
Nov. 6 – Marooned Without a Compass Day – 8 Ways to Find North Without a Compass https://www.wikihow.com/Find-True-North-Without-a-Compass
Nov. 6 – Composer John Phillips Sousa born 1854 – Audio Biography with Music Selections http://www.classicsforkids.com/shows/shows.php?id=60
Nov. 7 – Scientist Marie Curie born 1867 – Short Biography and Printables http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdcurie.htm
Nov. 7 – Evangelist Billy Graham born 1918 – K-12 Downloadable Lesson Plans –https://billygrahamlibrary.org/educational-resources/
Nov. 8 – Tongue Twister Day – How fast can you say these? http://www.funenglishgames.com/funstuff/tonguetwisters.html
Nov. 9 – Berlin Wall Opened, 1989 – Article, Facts, and Quiz http://www.ducksters.com/history/cold_war/berlin_wall.php
Nov. 9 – Kristallnacht Anniversary 1938 – Exhibition, Video, and Educational Resource List https://www.lookstein.org/professional-dev/kristallnacht-resources/
Nov. 10 – Theologian Martin Luther born 1483 – Resource and Activity List
Nov. 11 – Origami Day – http://www.franw.com/2013/12/holiday-and-winter-origami.html
Nov. 11 – Remembrance/Veterans Day – http://www.franw.com/2013/11/veteransremembrance-day.html
Nov. 12 – Reformer Elizabeth Stanton born 1815 – http://www.franw.com/2013/11/womens-suffrage-research-resource.html
Nov. 12 – Geography Awareness Week begins * – Geography Activities, Ideas, and Resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/07/29/special-days-and-geography/
Nov. 13 – World Kindness Day – 100 Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids and Families https://www.coffeecupsandcrayons.com/100-acts-kindness-kids/
Nov. 14 – Artist Claude Monet born 1840 – http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/04/art-unit-for-claude-monet.html
Nov. 15 – America Recycles Day – Crafting with Recyclables http://www.franw.com/2013/04/make-your-own-crafts-from-repurposed.html
Nov. 15 – Artist Georgia O’Keefe born 1887 – Big Flower and Color Art Project http://harringtonharmonies.com/2013/05/create-color-like-okeeffe-a-georia-okeefe-arty-unit.html
Nov. 16 – Fast Food Day – Fast Food Nutrition Lesson Plans (middle school/high school) – http://www.fastfoodnutrition.org/lesson-plans.php
Nov. 17 – Explorers Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean 1805 (some sources say 15th)- Student Activities http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/activity/lewis-and-clark-student-activity
Nov. 18 – Mickey Mouse Debut 1928 Watch the first Mickey Mouse cartoon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6c_WgxTsMo
Nov. 19 – World Toilet Day – Learning Resources – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2015/11/19/world-toilet-day/
Nov. 21 – First Hot Air Balloon Flight 1763 – http://www.franw.com/2014/06/hot-air-balloons.html
Nov. 24 – Thanksgiving (US) *
- Learn about the people, times, events, and foods leading up to the first “Pilgrim/Indian” Thanksgiving. https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/11/08/thanksgiving-unit-study-ideas-and-resources/
- Learn about Thanksgiving during WW1, the Depression, and WW2 – https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/11/15/thanksgiving-been-there-done-that/
- Resource Page – http://www.franw.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-activities.html
Nov. 25 – Author/Illustrator Marc Brown born 1946 – Educator Resources, Activities, and Lesson Plans http://marcbrownstudios.com/school/educators-faq/
Nov. 25 – Native American Day * – Resource Page http://www.franw.com/2015/10/native-american-resources.html
Nov. 25 – Woody Woodpecker Debut 1940 – Watch These 1940’s Episodes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOTOpybYf20
Nov. 26 – Cartoonist Charles Schulz born 1922 – Peanuts resources https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/10/02/peanuts/
Nov. 29 – Chocolates Day – Resources and Activities http://www.franw.com/2013/12/chocolate-activities.html
Nov. 29 – Author CS Lewis born 1898 – Interactive Biography and Fun Facts http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/cs_lewis/
Nov. 30 – Author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) born 1835 –
- Biography and Printables – http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdtwain.htm
- Tour Hannibal, MO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaZsjG1bork
- Literature Study Guides (you’ll need to scroll down towards the bottom) http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/index_author_t.html
- Quotes http://twainquotes.com/quotesatoz.html
Happy November Learning!