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by Brenda Brewer Runkle
Although we like to teach geography as it relates to our studies, if you prefer a geography textbook this award-winning one year curriculum for 6th grade through high school is a good choice.
The curriculum focuses on physical geography, providing the basis for learning the fundamentals of geography. The student map workbook is designed for mapping and memorization of every country and its capital.
Teachers Guide Features
The Runkle Geography Program Explained
As adults we know a task must be repeated time and time again until it becomes second nature to us. Brenda's mapping method stresses this belief. It is very structured and uses all four methods of learning.
Not all students learn in the same manner, so the complete range of learning styles is utilized. Students will read, speak, listen, and manipulate on a daily basis.
The text is written in daily lessons making it much easier to plan a day's or week's activities. Starting and stopping points can be easily determined.
The text is also conversational, addressing the students, asking them questions, reminding them of other lessons, and asking for interpretation of information. There are very few unassociated facts.
The story of geography is woven like a tapestry. It all goes together to form an intriguing story. The earth is so interesting. One goal is for the student to travel down the highway not playing their video games, but looking out the windows thinking about what they see.
Fun, silly ways to learn!
Brenda used a lot of mnemonics, which are fun, silly ways of remembering things. For instance did you know that "very cold elephants prefer chile?" They do if you are learning countries of South America!
Continent by continent by continent
Each continent comes with a written text and a series of maps. Student should not only know the countries, their capitals, correct spelling, and relative location but important physical features such as natural boundaries.
Don't panic now! You, as the parent or teacher, do not have to have all this knowledge in the beginning. Learn along with the students. Love of learning should be a life-long experience!
What else do you need? This program was designed to be used without any additional materials. However, I always recommend a globe, atlas, and almanac simply because they are such good teaching tools.
The set includes the Student Textbook and Teacher's Guide. The Activity Book (or Student Map Workbook) is highly recommended for each student.
The Runkle Activity Workbook was designed for use with all Runkle Geography books. It contains reproducible black and white maps and specific learning activities to use with the textbook. Students develop their own maps to transfer information from the text and draw conclusions.
Map work may be done by the entire family as a fun activity.
Each section of the Student Activity Workbook contains a Pronunciation Guide for countries, capitals, rivers, and lakes with reinforced daily memorization of counties.
Student Activity Workbook Features:
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