Are you going on vacation with kids this summer? Do you want to teach critical thinking skills while seeing the sights? You don’t have to take lots of workbooks and quiz questions with you on vacation. Teach your kids to look, listen, feel, and think while traveling. Think about how what you see dictated how people lived in the past and how people live today. Looking at the environment, you can quickly figure out that people in the desert didn’t live in wooden houses and people in Massachusetts didn’t live in adobe homes. People in the middle of the country didn’t eat fish while people in the desert didn’t grow rice. Talk about environment and how it affects the past and present and talk about how it will affect our future.
Here are five questions to get you started. Use them with every new site you visit.
- How did the environment (climate, land formations, available materials) influence the types of houses that people here had or have?
- How did the environment impact what people ate in the past? Present?
- How did the environment impact the clothes people wore?
- What would people who lived here a long time ago probably eat? Why? How is that different from today? Why?
- Why would people have chosen to live here in the past? Today? What are the positives and negatives?