Design A Postage Stamp

Your kids can design a postage stamp of their very own.  How cool would it be to be a stamp designer? This printable can be used for lots and lots of things.  Here are a few ideas: Design a stamp about a famous person or event you are studying from history. Make a stamp similar to a coat of arms, that represents significant things about a historical person. After learning about a country, design a postage stamp that would highlight something or someone important from the country. Make your postage stamp feature an important invention or inventor. Create a stamp based on your favorite book, author, or character. Make a stamp all about you.  Draw yourself in the center surrounded by things that represent who you are. Design a postage stamp about an important scientist and their contribution. Make your postage stamp feature your favorite subject, or even the job … Keep on reading

Ocean Currents

The ocean is never still.  Ocean currents are constantly moving and churning the waters.  There are surface currents and deep currents and upwelling currents.  All these currents move heat and nutrients around the world oceans.  The currents affect the land as well.  Here is an Ocean Currents Map showing some of the major surface currents in the oceans. Color the arrows in red for warm currents and dark blue for cold currents.  The major currents can be labeled with the help of a student atlas.  The rest of the ocean should be colored light blue. The currents that begin near the equator are moving warm water to regions nearer the poles, which warms these regions and helps the earth remain temperate.  The currents that begin closer to the poles move cold water toward the equator, cooling the hot regions of the earth. Besides the way heat and nutrients are moved around the earth … Keep on reading

The Ocean Floor

The ocean floor is covered with mountains, valleys, plains, and other features similar to the land surfaces of earth.  The ocean’s features, like land features, are a result of tectonic processes from deep inside the earth. The earth is made up of a hot inside and big plates of crust covering the outside.  These plates spread apart and squish together and grind past one another.  These actions cause the crust to buckle, fold, and split, which makes mountains and valleys. There are volcanoes under the oceans just like there are on land.  These volcanoes can build up into mountains, sometimes breaking the surface as islands.  The Hawaiian islands began as undersea mountains. Trenches are formed in places where one ocean plate is being pulled under, or subducted, beneath another ocean plate. Here is an Ocean Floor Map.  It shows some of the major mountain ranges and trenches that can be found … Keep on reading

Map of the Oceans

The first step when learning about the oceans is to name them.  Use this printable to label and color a Map of the Oceans. There are five oceans and many seas around the world.  The five oceans are Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Indian, and Antarctic.  The Antarctic Ocean is also called the Southern Ocean.  Use a student atlas to find the location and label the oceans.  You can also label some of the larger seas.  After you label the oceans color the oceans. Library List Here are some books on oceans that we like.  Click on the covers to view the books on Amazon.        Search at your library for these topics: oceans, ocean floor, coral reef, ocean animals, whales, dolphins, sharks, fish Additional Layers Oceans affect the global climate and weather patterns, learn more about how. Learn about some ocean explorers like Ernest Shackleton, Wilem Barents, and Lief Ericson. Learn about … Keep on reading

South America Crowns

This little craft helps kids learn about the continent of South America.  They can make South America Crowns. Start by cutting out the crown shapes.  These crowns are about 5 inches thick with a center rounded bulge.  The bulge is there to make a “front” for the crown and to make a larger space where the map of South America will fit.  Then print and prepare the South America Crown Badges. When I did this with my kids I prepared the “badges” ahead of time by roughly cutting them out.  This made it faster to get through the activity, but you can have kids cut out their own if you like.  I gave each child a little pack of crayons, a glue stick, and their badges: Then they each colored their own badges and put them back into their own bag.  While they colored their badges I told them about … Keep on reading

Europe Art Project

Here is a simple Europe art project you can do with young students who are learning the continents. Start by printing out the Europe Outline Map. Then choose two sets of colors in marker, one set for the water and one set for the continent.  The specific colors don’t matter, but the water should contrast with the continent so it shows up.  You will want to talk to kids about colors that will look nice together at this point.  You can talk about color families and use the color wheel to show them complimentary colors. Then the kids will trace along the outline of the continent using their colors in a pattern.  The pattern for our continent was red, orange, yellow, red, orange, yellow . . . Keep tracing until all the white space is filled.  Younger kids, preschool, K, and 1st can do fewer lines and leave lots more … Keep on reading

Delaware State Study

We’ll explore history, geography, and more in this Delaware state study.  Also, look for the printable map of Delaware. History of Delaware Delaware was first settled by the Dutch in 1631.  The entire Dutch colony was killed by native tribes and 1638 a group of Swedes established a colony. The Dutch tried again in 1651 and in 1655 conquered the neighboring Swedes.  But in 1664 the English took the colony from the Dutch.  The English land was sold to William Penn in 1682.  But by 1704 the two areas, Pennsylvania and Delaware, were again acting as separate entities, though they shared a governor.  In 1776 Delaware established its right to be a separate state from Pennsylvania as well as declaring its independence from England. Delaware entered the Union as a slave state.  Delaware was a tobacco colony and used slaves and indentured servants as the labor force.  Many free blacks … Keep on reading

Maryland State Study

This is a Maryland state study, all about Maryland’s history, geography, and some fun things to do when you’re studying Maryland. Super Short History Maryland was first settled in 1634.  The earliest settlers bought an existing village from an Indian Chief who was anxious to trade guns and other technologies with the settlers.  The settlement attracted thousands who mostly became tobacco farmers.  Most of the original setters were Catholics who were being mistreated back home in Europe and who sought asylum in their own colony in the New World.  But very quickly Protestants also began to settle in Maryland, soon making up a majority, though Catholics still held the highest positions in government.  A backlash against Catholics back in England spilled over into Maryland where the Protestants revolted and burned Catholic churches and threatened Catholic families.  In 1658 the Calvert family, original holders of the charter for the colony, regained … Keep on reading

New York State Study

This New York State Study includes brief history about the state, geographical information, ideas for activities, interesting facts, and a printable New York map.  Join us! Super Short History New York was home to the Iroquois and Algonquin people from approximately 1100AD.  Both of these cultures had settled homes and villages and farmed corn, squash, and beans along with other crops.  They also hunted and fished.  The Iroquois were a confederacy of five tribes (later joined by a sixth) which had a federated monarchy sort of arrangement with a grand council made up of the hereditary sachems.  Their government was highly organized and formed with the purpose of ensuring peace, bringing an end to devastating wars between the tribes. Europeans first arrived in New York in 1524 with a French expedition of discovery.  From that time fishermen, fur traders, and ships seeking timber visited the coast more or less regularly, … Keep on reading

Ohio State Study

Join us for an Ohio State study, including activities and information, plus printable Ohio map.  We have State Studies, including printable maps for all 50 states.  Find your state or plan to study all 50 in in your homeschool this year. Geography of Ohio Ohio is located in what Americans have nicknamed “the Heartland”, a region of fertile farmland, waterways and highways for transport, and industry.  The northern border of Ohio is Michigan and Lake Erie, to the west is Indiana, Pennsylvania lies to the east and south of Ohio is Kentucky and West Virginia.  Most of Ohio is low plains and hills but in the east the state borders on the Appalachian Range and is more rugged and forested.  Ohio has a cold winter climate with heavy snowfall and a hot continental summer climate. Super Short History of Ohio The French were the first Europeans in Ohio when they … Keep on reading