Do you have an American atlas at home for yourself and for your kids? Most people do, and love looking through the book to learn about different places and what makes them tick. Our current favorite is this atlas by National Geographic. We run to it anytime we hear of a new country, or have a question about anyplace in the world.
Some fun activities at home to do with an atlas include:
- You can complete an atlas scavenger hunt. Follow this link for fun printable scavenger hunts: http://educationpossible.com/geography-activities-atlas-scavenger-hunt/
- Have children plan your ultimate road trip. They can list locations, distances, and areas to visit.
- If you could move anywhere, where would you choose? Have your kids pick a new location and then write a letter to you about why you should move, using lots of specific details to bolster their argument, of course.
- Where do you NOT want to live? Try to find the worst possible place to live in the atlas and then share your picks and vote on which one would be the worst ever!
You can find more ideas for learning about your atlas here: http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/geography/contents_maps.htm