Mapping the World by Heart
Art , Featured , Geography / May 7, 2011

Mapping the World by Heart Content: Geography Grade(s): 5th -12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 188 pages Publication Date: 2010 Publisher: fablevisionlearning.com Review Updated: 5/7/2014 NOTE: Mapping the World with Art is often confused with the Mapping the World by Heart geography curriculum. From FableVision’s website: Mapping the World by Heart includes a set of maps and a comprehensive teacher’s guide that makes it easy to integrate lessons and activities into any class’s existing curriculum. The teacher’s guide provides a framework for teaching geography all year long, which can be easily adapted to meet your needs. It is laid out as a “Menu of Lessons”. “Appetizers” section includes lesson plans (like The Grapefruit Lesson) that help your students understand important geography terms and concepts.   “Entrées” section is the “backbone of the location and place segments of the curriculum.” It presents a group of map checklists for students, and the procedure for each lesson is approximately the same. Students use atlases or maps from outside the curriculum to shade and label blank maps. After those initial maps are checked for accuracy, review activities begin (including games suggested in a…

Mapping the World with Art
Art , Geography , History , Social Studies / February 5, 2011

Mapping the World with Art Content: Geography Grade(s): 4th and up Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: DVD format Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$ || ? Pages: 320 pages Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: www.ellenjmchenry.com/ Review Updated: 4/28/2014 Reviewer: Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. Mapping the World With Art, not to be confused with Mapping the World By Heart, is one of the most popular homeschool geography curriculums on the market. The concept is simple and easy to implement: Read a 2-page mini-history lesson and then draw a map about the historical and geographical region. For the less artistic, you can watch 6 hours of instructional DVDs to help with the drawing and painting portions of the lesson. As you work your way through 30 history and art lessons, you get a sense of time and place in the world. With 100 pages of supplemental activities, you can easily expand your lessons with videos, hands-on projects, and even worksheets so you can create a truly meaningful middle school social studies credit. The curriculum culminates by having kids create a complete map of the world in any art medium they choose. No doubt exists that you’ll gain invaluable art experience from this…