Giant Geography Unit by Continent

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This Geography Unit took one year for me to gather and implement with my children, grades K through 2nd. That sounds like a long time, but we did one or two lessons a week and it was not overwhelming. The kids did not tire of the lessons either because by the time we finished one set it was time to begin a new country or continent! We read TONS of books and I had just as much fun learning as the kids did!

I also want to tell you about a GREAT resource. That info is below!

geography unitGeography Objectives for Children K- 2nd Grade:

• Maps and globes: what they represent, how we use them
• Name your continent, country, state, and community.
• Understand that maps have keys or legends with symbols and their uses.
• Find directions on a map: east, west, north, south.
• Identify major oceans: Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic.
• Rivers, lakes, and mountains: what they are and how they are represented on maps and globes
• Locate: the Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, North and South Poles.
• Identify and locate the seven continents on a map and globe: Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Australia.
• Locate: North America, the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Current territories (American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands), Mississippi River, Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, Great Lakes, Canada, Mexico, Mexico City, Central America, Yucatan Peninsula, Africa, Sahara Desert, Gulf of Mexico, Rio Grande, China, India, Japan, Indus River and Ganges River, Yellow (Huang He) and Yangtze (Chang Jiang) Rivers, Sea of Japan, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo.
• Locate: Brazil: largest country in South America, Amazon River, rain forests, Peru and Chile: Andes Mountains, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia:  named after Simon Bolivar, “The Liberator”, Argentina: the Pampas
• Identify: peninsula, harbor, bay, island, coast, valley, prairie, desert, oasis

geographyGeography Resources, Lapbooks, Notebooking, Unit Studies:

Geo-Field-Guide-300x300Geography Field Guide: My friend Crystal over at Triumphant Learning has created a really neat field guide ($9.95$12.95) that teaches land formations. I have the laminated print book, but she also has a pdf version that works on a phone or tablet.

If you click on the image to the right, it will take you to some sample pages. The book is colorful and informational. My son loved looking through it and showing it to his geography teacher at co-op. He was able to use the guide as a supplement to what he was already learning.

Geography Resources:

Geology and Geography Unit (from Heather over at Only Passionate Curiosity)

Notebooking with Geography (from Adelien from Blessed Learners)

Free Geography Resources For Homeschool (from Chareen at Every Bed of Roses)

Hemispheres Minibook

Around the World Series

Geography Living Literature


Geography: Countries

Christmas Around the World

Kids Books About Countries Around the World

Art Around the World in 30 Days


Introducing Africa to Kids (by my sweet friend Joyice at RaisingBoysHomeschooling)








Morocco (different one)

geo4North America


United States lapbook

North America

geo6South America

Rain forest lapbook

South America Unit Study Resources




Around the World Unit Europe

Homeschoolcreations: Europe

Papertoys: Eiffel Tower

Papertoys: Big Ben

United Kingdom packs

Russian Nesting Dolls

Spain Lapbook

Switzerland Lapbook

France Lapbook

Italy Lapbook

Hands on geography Germany

Holland lapbook

Netherlands Lapbook

Hana in the Time of Tulips novel study – Spain

Amazon list of books about Ireland (find these in your library)

A Childs Book Tour of Switzerland

Russian books for children


Japanese Folktales

Israel Unit Study

Philippines Study

Ancient China Lapbook

China Lapbook

India Lapbook

India Learning Packet

Folktales of India

Books about Asia

Asia Resources

Japan Lapbook

India and Nepal

More Asia Resources

Chinese Folktales

China Resources


Antarctica by Mel Friedman
Antarctica by David Petersen
A Trip to the Bottom of the World by Frank Viva
The Emperor’s Egg by Martin Jenkins
Tom’s Rabbit: A Surprise on the Way to Antarctica by Meredith Hooper
Watching Penguins in Antarctica by Louisa and Richard Spilsbury
Nothing Ever Happens at the South Pole by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Trapped by the Ice! by Michael McCurdy
Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed by Sally M. Walker {LOTS of reading, but has GREAT pictures! Reading only the captions works for young children.}

Antarctica Info

Antarctica Unit

Pinterest Unit Study: Antarctica

Antarctica Information

Antarctica Lesson Plans

Antarctica Unit

Antarctica Mini-unit

Antarctica Unit on Pinterest

Expedition Earth Antarctica


Australian Studies

Coloring Pages

Australian Animal Notebooking Pages

Australia Unit

Australia Lapbook

Pinterest Australia Unit

Australia Unit

Australia Unit

Another Australia Unit

Another Australia Unit Study

Australia Lapbooks and Units

Australian Animals


10 kid friendly around the world recipes

Around the world in 12 dishes

World cup for kids {includes activities and recipes}

Portuguese chorizo bread

La chandeleur crepes feast

Brigadeiros: brazilian sweets

Country-study {Afghanistan}

12 Dishes and More

Whole wheat aebleskiver recipe  {Denmark}

Roti making activity  {India}

I hope you found some resources you can use. We did not use all of these, but I did use many! We had a good time learning. I know you will as well!

Be sure to check out even MORE Geography Resources and projects over at the FFS Geography board on Pinterest!
Follow Future.Flying.Saucers.’s board Schooling Ideas {Geography} on Pinterest.


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