Do you have the time, budget, or ability for a ‘round-the-globe trip to offer your kids every possible learning opportunity? No?
No problem. Even without a passport or bottomless bank account, your family can experience what the world has to offer. With the inventive lessons and from-home adventures within these pages, you’ll visit 52 new countries this year—without ever leaving the house.
These fully developed, resource-rich, no-prep activities will help your elementary aged kids:
*Have a blast while learning about other cultures and places through geography, history, creative writing, movement, music, language, art, math, science and more
*Practice the skills young people need to thrive in the 21st century
*Spark curiosity and a love of adventure
*Grow empathy and compassion
*Develop determination and problem-solving skills
*Move past “tolerance” toward seeking out and celebrating diversity
There’s no need to spend hundreds of hours thinking up educational activities, searching for obscure supplies or sifting through thousands of lessons on the internet. Everything you need for family-friendly virtual travel is right here. What’s more, the themes are endlessly customizable, so you can return to them again and again as your kids grow older.
This book brings the world to you—within your budget—so you can give the world to your kids.
Targeted Age Group:: 5-12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
At the start of quarantine, I wanted to keep my family and community healthy *and* continue traveling with my kids. I figured out a way to do both: virtual travel!
I began "exploring" different places and countries with my kids. We had such a fun time that I wanted other parents—who were probably as stir-crazy and at a loss for fun activities as I was—to have a resource to help them virtually travel, too. That's why I wrote Virtual Travel Activities for Kids.
Raising children to become global citizens is more important than ever. But with travel restrictions and an uncertain prospect for future trips, that gets harder to do. Learning about other countries helps children grow into compassionate problem-solvers, and this book is a terrific complement to homeschooling, distance learning and good ol' family time.
● Music + drama
As humans, most of us can’t resist a good superlative (aka the “-est” or “most ____”). Just look at our cultural obsession with extreme sports and extreme makeovers. Extreme situations, environments, activities or achievements make us consider what is possible when we push ourselves to the edge.
That’s why this week, we’re exploring a country by its extremes. By definition, these extremes don’t represent the majority of a country. But tapping into kids’ fascination with “-est” things is a fun way to explore the wide range of what’s possible in a place.
● How many superlatives can you come up with? (Think of things that are super-hot, super-wet, super-high, super-old and so forth.)
● What are this country’s superlative places? Use the list you created above to search for the country’s -est spots.
● Is life very different in these extreme locations? How?
● Online search engines will be your best resource here.
● Look up the A True Book: Extreme Places series. The books, which cover hottest/coldest, oldest/newest and more, are written for grades 3-5 but are great resources for all ages, with parent help.
Tourism board. Learn about an extreme place in this country. Then script and record a commercial encouraging people to visit it. (This gets really silly when you pick a place that would not be a great place to visit, like the inside of a volcano or a deep sea trench!) What should visitors wear/bring/do? Why should they plan a trip there?
Extreme home makeover. After you’ve learned about extreme places in this country, recreate them at home! The freezer could be the coldest spot, the shower the wettest and the yard the most biodiverse. Make a map of your house, pinpointing each extreme location (and labeling it with the name of that extreme spot in this country). For even more fun (that requires some pre-planning by an adult), create challenges for each spot. For example, for the country’s coldest spot, you could freeze little plastic toys in an ice cube tray and challenge your kids to get the toys out.
Graphing opposites. After you research this country’s extreme places, pair opposite superlatives (high/low, hot/cold, wettest/driest). For each, record data that shows those extremes (altitude, degrees, inches of rainfall). Then plot these on a bar graph to visualize the difference between the extremes. You can do this by hand using graph paper or a ruler, or you can use one of the many free online graphing tools. I like the user-friendly bar graph tool at MathIsFun.com.
Critical thinking questions
● How do people, plants and animals adapt to these extreme places?
● Are these extreme locations inhabited by people? Would you want to live there? Why would people settle in spots that make it difficult to thrive?
Imagine you’re a creature living in one of the extreme places in this country. You could be a person, animal, insect—anything! Then write a descriptive passage about what it is like there. Use all five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing, sight) to help the reader feel as if they’re actually there.
The highest place on earth—and the closest you can get to space without leaving the planet—is Ecuador’s 20,000-foot-tall Mt. Chimborazo.
Dallol, Ethiopia is the hottest place on earth where people live. The average year-round temperature there is 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius), and temperatures routinely rise to 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) at the hottest part of the day.
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