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Hands On Geography Activities Enhance Learning
My homeschool includes two active little girls and one boy, who isn’t so little anymore, but we all love hands-on lessons. Including hands-on activities keeps your lessons fresh and engages minds in learning mode.
Geography has a reputation for being dry. Yet, The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide provides the oasis in the desert.
Archaeology Geography Becomes Edible
The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide does not disappoint when it comes to fun ways to learn about an archaeological dig. In Chapter 5, Geography in the Real World, you will find a host of activities to make geography relevant to your students. Since I secretly wanted to be Indiana Jones, the section on archaeology geography appealed to me.
The activity associated is a chocolate chip geological dig. Wow, chocolate chip cookies and archaeology! How could it get better? My children didn’t take much convincing either.
I decided to expand on the idea a bit. Another thing I love about The Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide is the flexibility to create an activity that suits your children or resources.
Since I wanted the activity to interest the broad age range in my homeschool (from ages 5 to 13), I decided to make it a bit more challenging.
The purpose is to teach your children what an archaeologist does on a dig site. The child is instructed to make a grid for their archaeological cookie dig just as an archaeologist does. Then the child, using toothpicks or other tools like paint brushes, dissects the pseudo-rocks. To increase the level of difficulty on the assignment, I made a tray of granola and added in the cookies and other fun finds. The children had to write down where they found each rock or discovery on a sheet of paper that mimicked the grid.
The assignment was so engaging and opened up so many conversations that we ended up having over an hour of fun and learning. And nibbling.