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Our World

earthRelated Posts:

World Religions

Earth Day

Let There Be Peace on Earth

Recommended Books:

Lesson Ideas:

1) Offer an overview of some facts about our planet:

  • Planet Earth is the third planet from the sun in our solar system
  • It is a sphere (not perfectly round)
  • It has seven continents and five ocean regions
  • 72% of the surface is covered by water
  • It has two polar regions
  • The equator is an imaginary line on the Earth’s surface dividing the planet into two hemispheres (zero degrees latitude)
  • The Earth spins around the sun every 365 days (one calendar year)
  • It has a 24 hour day/night period of time
  • Every part of the Earth sees the sun during daytime and the stars and moon during nighttime
  • The estimated population is slightly over 7 billion people
  • Trees are the lungs of our planet
  • Its natural resources: air, water, soil, wind, tidal and solar energy, plants and animals, minerals, space and land

Related Worksheets:

2) Six-part series focused on cultural aspects/regions:

  • Part One: Polar regions and the five oceans
  • Part Two: The Americas
  • Part Three: Europe
  • Part Four: Asia
  • Part Five: Africa
  • Part Six: Australia

Discussion/target points for the series:

  • Identify region or continent on map and say the name
  • The people native to that land
  • Famous explorers (ie, Vikings, Ferdinand Magellan, Marco Polo, etc)
  • Topographical areas, as well as animals of the region (ie, polar bears, penguins, kangaroos, pandas, camels, etc)
  • Languages spoken and how the people of that region say “hello”
  • Famous landmarks (ie, great wall of China, Statue of Liberty, Pyramids of Egypt, etc)
  • Connect a favorite character or story to the area (ie, Finding Nemo for Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Peter Pan for Europe, Ni Hao Kai-lan for Asia, The Lion King for Africa, etc)
  • Make a craft representative of the region (ie, The American Flag, Amazon Nature Notebook, a didgeridoo from a paper towel roll, child’s name card using Egyptian hieroglyphs, etc)
  • If you have ties to a particular region through family or birth, discuss it so the child can make a personal connection
  • Read books throughout the week having to do with the region to introduce various aspects of the continent or culture in story format

Related Activity: Label The Continents Map Sheet

Related Resources:

  • The American Museum of Natural History has an online section dedicated to Earth with loads of information and interactive activities.
  • Map of the World’s continents, regions and bodies of water with educational information from Nations Online Project.

The whole word songMusic Video: The Whole World song

Spanish:

world = el mundo

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