Category Archives: maps

North America Study

For Countries:

1. Country reports is a good place to start

2. So is Culture Grams

3. Kids know it

4. Ducksters: (no password required)

Ask your teacher for the username and password

For the 50 States:

1. has trees, birds, songs, famous people, maps…everything you could ask for.


Other interesting stories:

1. Did you know that the polar bear capital of the world is in Canada?

2. You could make your own map of the bears of North America:


or make your own biome map!

All about biomes:



More resources for teachers:

The Adventures of Huck Finn, Slavery, and the Underground Railroad

The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain has lead to some interesting topics of study:

About the author, Mark Twain:

1. Your Dictionary

2. Mark Twain Museum

3. Simple Biography


1. The Geography of Huck Finn

2. Life after the Civil War

The Underground Railroad:


1. From The Scholastic, “I Survived Series”:







For Kids:

1. Scholastic

2. Ducksters

For adults:


Resources for teachers

In my classroom, we have a set of Biome readers:


Using Metal Insets in the classroom:



3. file:///Users/PMA/Downloads/More%20than%20Metal%20Insets%201.pdf




1. MN DNR lets you create maps and they have many of state animals:

True North

True North

Mapping Minnesota’s History:

About True North

With the support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in collaboration with Minnesota’s Land Management Information Center, the Minnesota Historical Society has created True North: Mapping Minnesota’s History to provide Minnesota’s teachers with the knowledge, curriculum, and tools to teach the state’s new graduation standards for geography and history, using online digital resources and applications.

Long before the arrival of European explorers and settlers, American Indians travelled between villages, bands, and tribes to trade goods. With the arrival of Europeans, this fur trade altered radically, both in the types and amounts of materials exchanged and in the length of transportation routes. This new fur trade changed Minnesota’s landscape permanently, and set the stage for the arrival of settlers.

Explore the following maps and historic resources to learn about Minnesota’s rich fur trade history and the critical role that geography played.

South America Research Project

  • South America study: We will be studying 8 of the 13 countries in South America:  Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Students will be encouraged to take notes, research, and represent their work on the food, clothing, shelter, daily life, art, culture, etc. of that country. Students will work in mixed groups of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders. Children will also complete follow up work on volcanoes, the Incas, Simon Bolivar, Rainforests, among other topics. 

Places to Start:


Type in the name of your country or “South America” to start.

2. Country Reports: Start with “Customs and Culture” or “Interesting Facts”

There’s also photos, videos, recipes. You can even listen to the national anthem!

User: gophers

pass: Ask your teacher!

3. Kids Know It

4. Click on the category to the right, South America

Amazon wildlife:

1. Tree Frogs:


1. Read a book, take notes

Here are the codes we will use for the margins of our ‘colored notebooks’. You may also take notes in your Homework Writing Journal using these same codes: (These mirror the table of contents of The Enchantments of the World book series we have from the library.)

1. General (Try to avoid using this term too often!!! However, most books start with an introduction or general section.)

2. Geo or Land (Geo means “earth” as in geography or geology. This includes landforms, water, volcanoes, climate, weather)

3. Bio (Bio means “life” as in plants, animals, and any other living things.)

4. Hist (short for history, this could include events for your timeline. This also the code for famous people)

5. Gov (short for government)

6. Econ (short for economy)

You can also make up your own KEY based on the Fundamental Needs of Humans

Ex: Food, Def (Defense), Home (Shelter), Rel (religion)

2. View a Brainpop video. Click here . You’ll need the user name and password from your teacher

3. Explore Country Reports or one of the websites listed above.

Background for adults:


See examples of maps here:

Print Outline Maps here:


2. Enchanted Learning (some are free. Ask your teacher for password)


4. Create a map at National Geographic:

Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the HMS Beagle

For Biography study this year, I have chosen Charles Darwin for the following reasons:

1. He is the father of evolution which is basically the foundation of our Timeline of Life and our Second Great Story.

2. South America is one of the continents we will study as a class. Darwin’s time in the Galapagos Islands, off the coast of Ecuador, and time in South America was key to his scientific discoveries.

3. It opens the door to further biographical study of other famous scientists. We own numerous copies of other books in the “Who Was…. ” series.

Picture Books:

1. Who was Charles Darwin?

2. One Beetle Too Many

Geography Resources:

1. About Darwin has an INTERACTIVE map!

2. The Beagle Library

3. Australian National Maritime Museum

4. CNRS has an extensive video and interactive illustrations!!!

5. DK Books has clip art available on many great scientists:



Animals of the Galapagos: