I\’ve just finished reading this book to my 9 year old. The book is pitched to the younger child in the way the author writes (Ambleside Online has it listed as a Geography option for Year 3) but my son read it when he was about 11 years old and enjoyed it and I learnt quite a bit myself when I read it to Moozle as it goes into quite some depth in places. See here for an excerpt.
(When I moved my blog from blogspot I lost all the videos I’d posted. I’m working through my homeschooling posts and updating them bit by bit.)
Sheppard Software have some free online map activities which are great for all ages. Some of them are quite difficult but with a bit of practice you\’ll know all the Chinese provinces and other random information that might just be useful one day…
Learn about rip currents, how to identify them, avoid them or how to escape if caught in one. We had a holiday last year and swam at an isolated beach which had some strong rips and we spent some time looking for the safest places to swim. I never knew how to identify rips and I was caught in one when I was in my teens – very frightening, not to mention highly dangerous. If I\’d had this information at the time I would have known what to do.
The moon & tides:
An explanation of the seasons:
This video on earthquakes is very good but I only let my daughter watch it up until 2:10 as it has footage of a little girl crying as an earthquake occurs and people being swept away by tsunamis later on. It has a great view of the San Andreas fault line and it would probably be fine for an older student but preview first.
Volcano Adventure is a great book I\’d recommend while we\’re on the topic of volcanoes.
Cinder, composite and shield volcanoes & how they are formed:
Globe Unwrapped shows how a globe becomes a map (the website is slow to load).
Longitude, Latitude & Prime Meridian:
We were trying to work out time differences when my husband was overseas for work.
How come where Dad is it\’s Wednesday and he\’s just about to go to bed and it\’s Thursday lunchtime here??
These videos were helpful:
The concept of different times in different places takes some mind bending so this video might go over the heads of younger children and would be better for an older student: