Get to Know the Earths Many Forms with Dozens of Fun and Easy Projects
From finding directions by the stars, to mapping your neighborhood, to making an earthquake in a box, youll have a great time learning about the world with The Geography Book. Youll find out how to determine location on the Earth, how maps can provide us with a wide range of information, how different landforms were created, how water has helped shape the Earth, and much more.
Using simple materials youll be able to find around the house or in your neighborhood, youll be able to create things like a giant compass rose, a balloon globe, a contour potato, a map puzzle, and a tornado in a jar. So get ready for a fascinating trip around the globe.
The curious child who likes his learning "hands on" will find this book to be a virtual treasure trove. After reviewing the basics of geography, kids are encouraged to explore their world through relief maps, contour maps, 3D maps and historical maps. Information is presented in a clear, understandable language and all concepts are followed by an activity or project. Directions are easy to follow and materials are readily available around the house or in the classroom. Among the more fascinating projects are the tornado in a jar, building a better dam, stretching the globe and the twirling snake that illustrates how air rises. While elementary students will have fun with this on their own, enterprising teachers might like to own a copy to help add zing to a particular lesson. 2001, John Wiley & Sons, $12.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey