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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Learning About Argentina ~ Lesson Plans & Links

We’ve officially ‘landed’ in South America and our travels are starting in Argentina! Here are a few fun facts about Argentina before sharing about our time in Argentina.

Argentina is the eighth largest country in the world {and the second largest in South America ~ behind Brazil}. It is roughly the size of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River, about 1/3 the size of the United States. The border between Argentina and Chile is well-defined since the Andes Mountains provide a natural border {over 3,000 miles long!}.

The climate has extremes ranging from subtropical in the north to arid/sub-Antarctic in the far south. You can sit on warm beaches…or watch ice break off glaciers, depending on where you are visiting in the country.

You can view the other countries that we’ve studied in South America on my South America geography page.

Here’s a peek at our ‘travels’:

Week 1 Layout

Monday

  • Introduce new song about Argentina from Geography Songs {see words below}
  • Use atlas and globe to locate Argentina; read in the atlas about Argentina
  • Read one of our books from our bookshelf about Argentina

South America

Argentina, Venezuela and Colombia,

Ecuador, Peru and Chile and Bolivia,

Uruguay and Paraguay, Brazil and Guyana

and Suriname ~

These are the countries of South America.

The French have French Guiana.

The British have the Falkland Islands.

Brazil is the biggest country and

Chile is the longest.

 

Tuesday

  • Review geography song
  • Learn {and review} some terms: plains, pampas, mountains
  • Independent reading from bookshelf
  • Filled out the map of Argentina using our notebooking page

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Wednesday

  • Review geography song
  • Watched a LOT of video clips from World Zone Live {there are some great clips here}
  • Independent reading 
Thursday
  • Review geography song
  • Children Just Like Me book {Carlitos, p.12-13} and notebooking page
  • Talked about the variety of geography features in Argentina ~ from beaches to the areas close to the South Pole; mountains to plains
  • Read book together on Argentina {from our bookshelf}

Week 2 Layout

Monday

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Tuesday

  • Review geography song
  • Watched a video with the national anthem
  • Talked about some of the animals in Argentina ~ there is a huge variety of them! The mountains are home to llamas and condors, the southern part of Argentina has cougars and pudu {the world’s smallest deer}, the coast of Patagonia has elephant seals, sea lions, and penguins. The waters off the coast have dolphins, whales and orcas.
  • Read together one of books from bookshelf

Wednesday

Thursday
  • Review geography song
  • Summarized one of our reading books and copy summary/dication
  • Bought Dulce de Leche…because mommy was too lazy to make it. :)
  • Added our notebooking pages to our binder and stamped our passports!

Books We Used

Resources and Websites

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6 Comments:

  • And then you could watch Evita...... oh wait, that would so not be appropriate for your kids to see, well than you could snuggle up with your hubby and enjoy his groans of pain as he watches Madonna and Antonio Banderas sing Andrew Lloyd Webber. Oh wait, maybe that's what I want to do now. I get that mixed up sometimes.
    Mumble, mumble...... "A New Argentina, the chaines of the masses undone...."

    By Blogger Ticia, At June 20, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

  • What a great post! So many wonderful ideas here! Thank you for sharing!

    By Blogger Michelle, At June 21, 2010 at 7:05 AM  

  • Wonderful! I LOVE that you included your lesson plans! That makes it so much more do-able for people who are not familiar with thematic units or notebooking. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Robin Montoya, At June 21, 2010 at 12:45 PM  

  • How fun I just found your post! We are doing a world study this year. This months unit is Argentina~ I found you while searching for info to use! Your blog is great, I think I'll poke around a bit~
    stop & visit me any time http://mrsbradlie.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Mrs. bradlie, At November 8, 2010 at 7:05 PM  

  • How fun I just found your post! We are doing a world study this year. This months unit is Argentina~ I found you while searching for info to use! Your blog is great, I think I'll poke around a bit~
    stop & visit me any time http://mrsbradlie.blogspot.com/

    By Anonymous Mrs. bradlie, At December 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

  • Wonderful! I LOVE that you included your lesson plans! That makes it so much more do-able for people who are not familiar with thematic units or notebooking. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Robin Montoya, At December 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM  

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