Daily Geography (Evan-Moor)

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Diane Hurst

  • Reviewed on Tuesday, July 22, 2008
  • Grades Used: 2nd-6th
  • Dates used: 2005-2008
We have used Evan-Moore Daily Geography for several years, now, with three different children, and I would highly recommend it. This is basically an independent study approach to geography. Before the school year starts, I make copies of all the workpages (there are three pages used per week) so everything is ready. Then, each week, I three-hole punch a new set of pages and put them in each child’s 3-ring school notebook (after removing last week’s pages). The first page is always a map. The second and third pages have questions to write answers to—a couple questions for each day of the week. On Fridays there is a challenge activity as well, which is about the map topic of the week. Most days it takes about 10 minutes to do geography work, and Fridays it may take a little longer. The kids rarely need help, because the information they need is generally given on the map page. This program is designed to be used with a classroom, so there are overhead transparencies and informative teacher pages for each new topic. The teacher pages provide some useful extra information, but I just haven’t had time to read them. This program does not have to be teacher-directed. Some examples of topics covered are: Directions of a map, A Street Map, A Road Map, A World Map, maps of various states (second grade book); North America, Waterways of the U.S., Regions of the U.S., minerals of Alaska, more state maps (third grade); Latitude and Longitude, Mountains and Deserts of the U.S., Regions of Canada, Regions of the United Kingdom, The Arctic Tundra, Twenty Largest U.S. Cities, Time Zones, more state maps (fifth grade); Four Hemispheres, Chicago Airport map, Central America, Australia, Washington D.C., Climate Zones, Ancient Greece (sixth grade). What I like about this program is that it’s an easy, painless way to include geography – an otherwise sometimes forgotten-about topic. The children also enjoy doing these pages; they have often chosen to do them first, before other schoolwork, just because the pages are interesting.