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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Learning About New Zealand ~ the Land of Kiwi

New Zealand was a stop we took in our geography travels after learning about Australia. New Zealand has two main islands and is in the South Pacific Ocean. We spent time learning about the many meanings of the word ‘kiwi’, the culture of the Maori people, how the flag was created; read/learned about sheep, talked about Sir Edmund Hillary and even learned a little about the sport of rugby.

Week 1 Layout


  • Introduce new song about New Zealand from Geography Songs
  • Use atlas and globe to locate New Zealand
  • Talked about the size of New Zealand  and that New Zealand is called the ‘land of the long white cloud’


map of New Zealand

 Click on thumbnail to download pdf file



Week 2 Layout


  • Review geography song
  • Watched a video about Maori warriors on You Tube {see below for video clip and link}
  • Learned about the flag of New Zealand

flag of New Zealand

Click on thumbnail to download pdf file



  • Review geography song
  • Learned about Sir Edmund Hillary ~ from New Zealand and climbed Mt. Everest
  • Talked about rugby and the All Blacks team
  • Completed some sheets about Sir Edmund Hillary {see links below}
  • Review geography song
  • Visited Time for Kids ~ New Zealand 
  • Talked about the three different meanings of the word ‘kiwi’ ~ fruit, bird and nickname of people from New Zealand
  • Ate some kiwi :)
  • Drew a picture of a kiwi bird
  • Review geography song
  • Summarize one of our reading books and copy summary/dication
  • Added our notebooking pages to our binder and stamped our passports!
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  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE New Zealand!

    My husband and I spent two weeks there about 10 (gulp!) years ago and it was fantastic!

    Everyone we met was helpful and friendly and the variety of landscapes throughout the country amazed us. We sailed, skied, rafted through rapids, heli-hiked on glaciers and simply enjoyed ourselves. What an wondrous place New Zealand is!
    You can read about my bunge-jumping adventure there on my travel blog, :) (Oh yes, I did!!)
    Ahhhhh. New Zealand!!!!

    By Blogger Amy@ MomsToolbox, At May 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

  • Set of beautiful activities! Thank you :-)

    By Blogger Leptir, At May 18, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

  • We did a unit on New Zealand last fall and loved it! I love your ideas though (as always) and wish I could have used some of them...well, there's always the next child, so I can add some things next time! Here's the link for mine if you're interested--it includes some neat youtube videos:

    By Blogger Debbie, At May 18, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

  • I really want to use this curriculum, but would you recommend it for 5K or wait a bit later? I am undecided and figured you would know since you have/had kids at this age that you are homeschooling.

    One more thing--are you going to move on to Cantering the Country?

    By Blogger Susana, At May 18, 2010 at 10:50 PM  

  • Oh how neat to find extra notebooking pages for us to uses for a study on our own country!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Chelle in NZ

    By Blogger Chelle, At September 29, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

  • Oh how neat to find extra notebooking pages for us to uses for a study on our own country!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Chelle in NZ

    By Anonymous Chelle, At December 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

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