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Thursday, September 14, 2017

5 Ways to Make Social Studies Kid Friendly

A New Approach to Social Studies

Certain school subjects have a way of being difficult to capture the interest of many students. There are always a few history buffs or literature aficionados, but most students tend to zone out during less thrilling subjects. Social studies falls into the boring category, but with these five kid friendly social studies tips, the kids will be craving more.

1. Visuals
The world is a visual place and children love to see the experience. Simply sliding images by them on a screen does not allow them to engage with the lesson. Instead, have the student's draw what they imagine happened. Allow time for the students to discuss their drawings with each other. Products like our map and notebook combinations provide students with a chance to take an in depth look at the world and to record their own findings.

Canada and World Notebook

2. Move
Children are active as a natural part of development. It is hard to learn when you have been sitting still for some time. Get the kids up and moving. Have them act out in drama form the main theme of a lesson. Perhaps designing a physical game of major wars will help kids remember the influential people involved.  The Replogle Globes Rotating Globe for Kids is a great option for hands on learning, with over 100 illustrations of people, landmarks and animals. This fun and colorful globe is an excellent addition to any home or classroom. This globe is designed with a child's creative imagination in mind, over 100 illustrations of people, well known places and animals in their natural habitat adorned this globe. A rotation feature and internal LED make this colorful, fun globe even more versatile.



Replogle Rotating Globe for Kids


3. Student Lead Learning
Highlighting students that excel in subjects can help the others engage as they see a few of their own leading a lesson. Breaking them into smaller groups and letting the leaders teach a few classmates is a great way to build community in a class and let the creativity pour out.

4. Adapt
If you have been working to spice up the social studies learning experience but are still seeing blank stares, do not be afraid to adapt and change things up. Ask the students what or how they would like learn, you may be surprised at the results. There are so many different ways that social studies can be practically applied to the world around us, encourage students to use their imagination and apply maps skills, to everyday tasks like planning a trip to the grocery story. Taking a family vacation or finding a new place they want to visit.


5. Music
Writers and movers can lead creative lessons by writing lyrics of the lessons main themes or developing choreography to aid in a visual element. Rapping about the state capitols or dancing to short phrases of a few countries will stick with kids into adulthood. Dreading social studies not be the norm. Use these five tips and apply them to your children's or student's learning experience. Each tip can be adapted for any subject as well, making school and learning an adventure for all. 

 Ultimate Globes has many products that help enhance your children's social studies learning experience, contact us today to hear more.


Friday, August 18, 2017

Social Studies and Starting School: Check out the Smart Globe Adventurer

Parents, it’s time to prepare for a new school year! I’m looking forward to seeing my friends, playing sports, and having a good time. Social studies and geography in the classroom is a subject I sometimes like, and sometimes dislike. After all, if the teacher is great and the classroom engaging, it’s easy to love learning. That goes for home, too! When we’re preparing for a new school year, you can help me gear up for social studies and geography in the classroom in our own living room. Globes for kids are fun and interactive not only for the classroom but also for our home.  There are so many different kinds of globes available that you are bound to find the perfect one to help me engage and continue learning.

Smart Globe Adventurer
Try out the Smart Globe Adventurer globe to spark my interest in different geographical areas. We can read, learn about cultures, languages, and more. These won’t take up much space in our home. I can keep learning about social studies and geography while also improving literacy and writing skills. This one of a kind model was recently featured on the Today Show and includes educational content featuring over 250 countries. Experience augmented reality using the globe as a companion to a children's tablet or smartphone. There are activities in both English and Spanish to appeal to a wider demographic. The perfect size for a car ride.

If I’m more interested in outer space, check out a moon or celestial globe! These are a lot of fun, because they offer different perspectives on the Earth. While preparing for social studies and geography, we can also talk about astronomy, history, and legends. Let’s be creative

We can spend quality time together while learning and prepping for a new school year within the comfort of our own home. Contact Ultimate Globes today, so we can find the perfect globe to use together!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Social Studies and Geography in the Classroom: Preparing for a New School Year... Making 3-D World Stewards

How to Prepare Students in Social Studies and Geography
When you are a child, the world is very grand in size. Beyond the comfort of their favorite stuffed animal, colorful backpack, and space invader comforter, and mom and dad, the world awaits them. The first lessons they learn for developing self-esteem are maintaining good relations with their peers and a secure attachment with their parents. Although they lack the vocabulary for discussing cultural or communal differences, kids become curious about relics of the world beyond their immediate environment. It is important parents acquire tools for teaching inquisitive kids about what they notice.

 

 Cross Cultural Connections

A special dessert's scent from another land that another child's grandparent makes and puts in their friend's lunchbox shows a child worlds beyond the one they see in the neighborhood and schoolyard. Their curiosity becomes ignited by watching people on the television speak in unfamiliar languages, wearing clothing quite different from themselves. How do parents contextualize these global perspectives? How do you ready children for another school year in geography and social studies? How do you teach children about global differences?


Intelliglobe II


 Sensory Stimulation

For a young child, they need tactile stimulation and hands-on ways for conceptualizing the globe. It's actually surprisingly easy explaining world cultures to children with all the unique features encompassing the globe. Therefore, we suggest normalizing children to cultural differences and educating them about various nationalities and cultures. How does one even start?
The answer could surprise you, but your child would love feeling a smooth orb of a globe zooming under their fingertips. These days, globes far exceed the kind of globes parents saw growing up: faded patterns and outdated nations labeled as the USSR long after that state broke up.
 
Today's globes are technologically sophisticated, like the Intelliglobe II Deluxe Interactive Globe for Kids, a spherical wonder integrated with trivia games and unprecedented data. Other globes, like theSmartGlobe Adventurer with Augmented Reality, feature 3-D technology and parents themselves could find themselves interested in taking a whirl at the globe. When children comprehend the physical properties of the earth in all its variety, then they will envision how people are so different from one another, yet we still share the same earth.

The Smart Globe Adventurer with Augmented Reality




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Friday, July 21, 2017

Kids, Maps and Geography: Social Studies in the Classroom


Asia


The classroom maps can transport children to worlds they never knew existed. They can wander the streets of Istanbul during the height of the Ottoman Empire, sail across oceans with Ferdinand Magellan in search of new trade routes, or scale the Alps with Hannibal during the Punic Wars. Teaching how the world exists far beyond the confines of one's school and neighborhood is the rewarding job of a social studies teacher. Today's teachers have technology at their disposal allowing students to meet others from around the world via the internet. However nothing can replace the role of classroom maps. Maps that show both human and physical geography allow students to see just how vast their state, country, and world truly are. 


Australia

Strong interactive social studies lessons let students engage with maps to see how and why people have migrated, or how and why wars have been won or lost. Maps can provide students with a key to both their history and their future. According to the National Geographic Society, students who develop map reading skills at an early age develop strong spatial-skills.(NationalGeographic.org) 










Understanding migration patterns and relationships in different spaces and regions also allows them to fully comprehend many of the world's issues much better. This enables them to become future problem-solvers, as they are well-equipped to grasp how the many areas of the world are different. Learning geography as well as history and civics allows students to become better global citizens.









 Our classroom wall maps provide access to different states, countries, and even all continents. Our traditional maps can show political and physical similarities and differences among various regions. We also have blank outline maps that students fill out and label themselves, providing them with the opportunity to show what they have learned about a state's or country's cultures, towns, or wildlife areas. It is crucial that students develop strong social studies skills and believe that map literacy is a vital key in every student's education. Please contact us at www.ultimateglobes.com so that we can help your students understand the world better.



Friday, July 14, 2017

Back to School, Back to Class and Back to Classroom Maps

It's almost time to start buying school supplies. Soon it will be time to look at chalkboards and classroom maps. Summer trips are about to come to a grinding halt. Instead of packing suitcases for trips, your little ones will be filling backpacks with textbooks, notebooks and pencils. A new school year is rapidly approaching. Geography will be among the subjects that children are studying this semester. A clear understanding of the world around us provides children with a solid foundation for knowing their places in the world. Maps are one of the most effective tools for conveying to concepts of geography


US and World Notebook Map

Classroom wall maps provide teachers with an excellent tool for instilling a love of geography at a young age. Their colorful, touchable surfaces encourage youngsters to interact. The more comfortable children are, the more motivated they will be to learn more about their world and the people that inhabit it. Classroom maps offer an inexpensive means of achieving that goal. In addition, with geography bees becoming more and more popular, starting geography education as early as possible can give kids a jump on the competition. National Geographic's geography bee, for example, is open to students as young as fourth grade. Pranay Varada, an eighth grader from Texas, was the proud 2017 winner. Might the next winner be from your school?

Picture of Pranay Varada and Thomas Wright and host Mo Rocca
National Geographic Bee

 Geography is an important part of a well-rounded social studies curriculum. Kids.USA.gov provides information for students and educators on developing a sound curriculum. Highlights include sections on maps, current events, and countries and cultures. Kids.gov strongly encourages study of geography via state, country, and world maps. For public schools, private schools, and home schools, instilling a sense of citizenry is vital. By establishing a strong social studies curriculum that includes geography, students learn much more than country and capital names on the classroom maps they study. They learn that they are one part of an increasingly interconnected world, and they learn that places that may seem far away and remote are closer (literally and metaphorically) than they may have previously believed. At Ultimate Globes, we offer a variety of wall maps to suit every classroom. Contact us today and allow our experienced staff to assist you in selecting the right maps to maximize your students' educational experience.

Early Voyages of Exploration