Geography Matters

Trail Guide to U.S. Geography: A Teacher's Manual

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The Trail Guide to U.S. Geography is an easy-to-follow resource to teach essential geographical facts and features of each of the 50 U.S. states. Includes 5-minute daily drills, mapping, building a geography notebook, and a wide variety of additional project choices. Students study the 50 states at the rate of about 2 states each week. The literature unit on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (using "The Captain's Dog" by Roland Smith) provides a thrilling way to drive home the relevance of knowing geography. Students complete assignments by using atlases, outline maps, and other research materials. Incorporating the 5 themes of geography, students learn capitals, place location, climate, physical geography, and much more. These simple, yet thorough, assignment choices include:

Daily trails for an overview of geography
Interesting digging deeper activities
Geography through Literature

There are a variety of ways to use the three-part manual. Teachers simply select which parts of the book will best meet their needs and objectives. And yes... there are answers in the back of the book! This interesting approach to teaching makes learning fun and memorable. No student workbook is needed because students will develop their own personal notebooks full of colorful maps, intriguing facts, and surprisingly pertinent information. Paperback, 128 pages.

Students need outline maps of each state and a U.S. Atlas. Upper grades (8th - high school) will also need a world almanac to perform the daily drills. Art projects use "Teaching Geography Through Art." The Geography Terms Chart is a helpful resource to understand and answer the geography terms questions. We recommend the Illustrated Atlas of the United States - this atlas is identical to the Millennium Atlas of the U.S. which is out of print.