Tell Us: How Have You Brought Geography Into Your Summer?

One_2 Summer’s winding down and it’s nearly back-to-school time. So tell us: How have you brought geographic learning into your summer? Have you and your kids explored the geography of your backyard, the local community, and beyond? Tell us!

9 responses to “Tell Us: How Have You Brought Geography Into Your Summer?

  1. My wife and I try to make sure our children understand where things are happening in the news. So we have a children’s atlas and whenever a place is mentioned in the news or a tv show etc, they look it up. It’s fun for them and has also helped us grownups learn more about places.

  2. We went to Yellowstone as a family, both of my parents, my husband, both kids who are in their tweanties and myself. We went to Craters of the Moon in Idaho, recommended by my 84 year old father. We then spend three days traveling around Yellowstone National Park. We enjoyed the many geological features that Yellowstone has to offer, including the wildlife along the way. We may all be adults, but we all left knowing a little more about our great world. We actually did the license plate game, where we mark off plates from different states. We found 45 out of 50 states and 5 provinces from Canada in Yellowstone. We discussed introducing ourselves to people next summer and finding out how many different locations we can locate while on our trips. Maybe start an autograph book.

  3. We have developed a Local Geographic Society with the purpose of encouraging the children at elementary school to try the geography bee.

  4. I teach high school science in Evanston, Wyoming. My husband and I took our 2 oldest grandchildren and our 2 youngest daughters to see Glacier National Park in Montana last week and then decided to drive back to home through Idaho’s Salmon River Country. Earlier in the summer, we took the same group down to Arizona and stopped to see the Grand Canyon on the way down and Hoover Dam on the way back. We try to make the trip up and the trip back follow different routes so that we can expose them to more of the country, its geography, and its geology.

  5. I am a teacher in Salem, Oregon. I joined 11 other teachers from around Oregon on a Fullbright adventure that took us to Botswana for almost a month. We are all members of the Oregon Geographic Alliance. As I tell anyone who will listen to me It so exciting and amazing to find that everyday for a month someone who is over fifty years old can see, hear, feel, smell, touch something they never had before in their life. Travel, curiosity of places and the search for connections has made geography come alive for me this summer. I am counting the days until I can get back in my classroom to share my experiences with my students and fellow staff members!

  6. While visiting New York City, I went to see the Places and Spaces: Mapping Science” exhibition” in New York City, as well as the New York Transit Museum. The Museum of Chinese in the Americas also offers a small but excellent exhibition about the cultural use of small spaces. And the American Museum of Natural History has famous tableaux of animals in their natural habitats around the world, from prehistory to the present.
    I also just walked around and looked at the way people use their streets and neighborhoods … and subways!

  7. When my grandchildren were small, I flew with them to visit relatives. From the time we left their driveway until we arrived at our destination, I let the kids (about 7 & 9 at the time) “find their way” via maps, airport signs, etc. Of course I was right there with them, but it was so much fun watching their minds working to figure it out. As adults now, they are competent travelers.

  8. When I was small, mother read to me
    ” God so loved & loves the world.”
    Now I`m bigger, a man and I read to her & you
    “God so loved & loves universal geography ”
    I see painted on the side of Fred Mcurrays:
    ” Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
    A Flubber-Propelled Gas-Free Model A.
    The words: “World Geography or Bust!”
    or something like: “The Geography GoldRush.”

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