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Bringing Regional Travel to Your Curriculum

By Beth Newingham on March 16, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

I have designed activities for a United States Region Tour, but the idea of traveling to the different places your students are learning about can be easily adapted to fit your specific curriculum. 

For instance, if you are teaching about different countries, your own state, American History, Native American tribes, etc., you can still pretend to travel to the different cities, states, or battle sites that you are studying. 

The fourth grade teachers in my building teach students about the state of Michigan. Instead of traveling to different states, their students pretend to travel to different cities and landmarks within our state. 

A fifth grade teacher friend of mine does an entire unit on Native Americans. On multiple days, she turns her classroom into a different Native American campground and has her students eat food and do activities related to the different tribes they are studying. Her students keep travel journals about their experiences and create a scrapbook to display the souvenirs they receive from each tribe.

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