Amazon.com Widgets
AutsonSlideshow-01 AutsonSlideshow-02 AutsonSlideshow-03 AutsonSlideshow-04 AutsonSlideshow-05 AutsonSlideshow-06 AutsonSlideshow-07 AutsonSlideshow-08 AutsonSlideshow-09 AutsonSlideshow-10 AutsonSlideshow-11 AutsonSlideshow-12 AutsonSlideshow-13 AutsonSlideshow-14 AutsonSlideshow-15 AutsonSlideshow-16

COURSE NO. USH-342

Would you like this course added to your child's academic packet? Send your request through Mavenlink. Be sure to mention the student, course number, and the quarter you wish to start the course.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Geography: A Literature Approach with three or four of the Holling C. Holling books, Paddle to the Sea, Tree in the Trail, Minn of the Mississippi, and Seabird.  American history, natural history of America, history of American industry and history of American transportation taught within a geography framework.  We also add the narrative A Child’s Story of America, (orally, if possible).

COURSE NOTES

Four times weekly, for 20 to 60 minutes per day.
 
Geography: A Literature Approach is a week-by-week lesson plan to the four Holling C. Holling books given below.  There are 38 weeks included in this guide so you will need to trim two to eight weeks out of the course.  Rea Berg leads us through topical American history, regional American natural and industrial history, and the history of American transportation.  (Whew!)  Per lesson, Berg assigns three pages of lively, colorful reading from the Holling book, then some detailing on one of the four beautiful 18”x24” regional maps of America (one per Holling book), then gives three to eight research topics.  We recommend you split the research assignments up between your children and ask them to find a graphic in a book or on the internet and write five to twelve sentences about his assigned topic/s.  Have the students share their reports together around the kitchen table, each child doing a simple oral presentation of his topic.
 
Early in the week, together as a family as much as possible, (1) read the assigned reading selection in the Holling book and discuss the story, the margins notes and “doodles,” and the illustrations.  (2) Then assign each student one or more research topics to work on through the week.  Research reports should include one or more graphics for display, from a book or the internet.  The reports should be one to five sentences for the younger students, and five to twelve sentences for Grades 5+.  These are oral reports, so they need not be put in formal final draft form (unless you can’t resist, Mom).  Have the students work on these reports throughout the week--independently or as team projects.  (3) The next day do the map detailing-- again, independently or as a team project.  (4) Late in the week have the students give their research reports orally around the kitchen table.
 
For reporting, report progress in the history section on your quarterly report form.  Report by Holling book title and lesson number, from Berg’s lesson plan, i.e. from Paddle to the Sea/Lesson 6 to Tree in the Trail/ Lesson 3.  For a work sample, include a copy of a portion of the map work done and a copy of a research topic done, one per quarter.  The research papers may be submitted in rough draft format since these are oral reports.

Scheduling Suggestions: 2 to 4 times weekly, for 20 to 60 minutes per day.



BOOKS AND MATERIALS

Geography: A Literature Approach Study Guide

  • Author: Rea Berg
  • ISBN: 0012058955        978-0012058954
  • Supplier: Christian Book

Beautiful Feet Books, 1994; 14 pages; 4 parts

 

This is the study guide and lesson plan to four Holling C. Holling books; includes reading assignments, map study assignments and research topics.


 

Geography: A Literature Approach Map Pack

  • Author: Rea Berg
  • ISBN:        
  • Supplier: Christian Book

Beautiful Feet Books, 1994; four 18” x 24” regional maps of America on sturdy cardstock.

 

Required maps for the above lesson plan.  Four 18” x 24” heavy cardstock regional maps of America, one per Holling book in Berg’s Geography: A Literature Approach.  Each student will need one map pack.  Step-by-step assignments for detailing these maps are included in the Berg lesson plan book.  Little ones will need help with the detailing, so plan on helping the Grade 3 and under crowd closely, “sharing” a map project with them, Mom.


Holling C. Holling’s Paddle-to-the-Sea

  • Author: Holling C. Holling
  • ISBN: 0395292034        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

64 pages; Houghton Mifflin (February 19, 1980)

 

Gentle oral-tradition narrative with colored pencil drawings; map studies, machine schematics and notes doodled in the margins.  Rea Berg breaks this into 10 lessons, using the Great Lakes regional map.  Suggests reading "Pond & River" by Steve Parker, "The Great Lakes" by Kathy Henderson, "Champlain: A Life of Courage" by William Jacobs, and "Cartier Sails the St. Lawrence" by Esther Averill.


Holling C. Holling’s Tree In The Trail

  • Author: Holling C. Holling
  • ISBN: 039554534X        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

64 pages; Houghton Mifflin; Reprint edition (April 30, 1990)

 

Gentle oral-tradition narrative with colored pencil drawings; map studies, machine schematics and notes doodled in the margins.  Rea Berg breaks this into 9 lessons, using the horizontal map of the Mississippi River/Southwest region.  Suggests reading "Weapons" by Edwin Tunis, "Indians" by Edwin Tunis, "Sing Down the Moon" by Scott O’Dell, "Trappers and Mountain Men" from American Heritage Junior Library, and "Adventures in the Wilderness" from American Heritage Junior Library, "And God’s Mountain Man: The Story of Jedediah Strong Smith" by Esther Vogt, and "The Kings Fifth" by Scott O’Dell.


Holling C. Holling’s Minn of the Mississippi

  • Author: Holling C. Holling
  • ISBN: 0395273994        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

88 pages; Houghton Mifflin (October 11, 1978)

 

Gentle oral-tradition narrative with colored pencil drawings; map studies, machine schematics and notes doodled in the margins.  Rea Berg breaks this into 10 lessons, using the vertical Mississippi River regional map.  Suggests reading "The Explorations of Pere Marquette" by James Kjelgaard, "Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "The Legend of Paul Bunyun" by any author, "Shadow of the Hawk" by Robert Myron, "Evangeline" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Life on the Mississippi" by Mark Twain, "Mark Twain" by May McNeer and Lyn Ward, "Of Courage Undaunted" by James Daughtery, "Oars, Sails and Steam" by Edwin Tunis, and "The Tamarack Tree" by Patricia Clapp.  Too, see the Vision Book series’ "St. Isaac and the Indians" and "Father Marquette & the Great Rivers."


Holling C. Holling’s Seabird

  • Author: Holling C. Holling
  • ISBN: 0395266815        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

64 pages; Houghton Mifflin (April 26, 1978)

 

Gentle oral-tradition narrative with colored pencil drawings; map studies, machine schematics and notes doodled in the margins.  Rea Berg breaks this into 9 lessons, using the world map.  Suggests reading "Story of Yankee Whaling" from American Heritage Junior Library.


Child’s Story of America : Student Handbook

  • Author: Michael J. McHugh and Dr. Charles Morris
  • ISBN: 1930092938        
  • Supplier: Rainbow Resource

Christian Liberty Pr; Second Edition (November 1998); 279 pages; 29 chapters; short chapters with chapter review questions following each; separate answer key.

 

This is a short and simple narration of American history, Christian but not Catholic, alas.  (We will be studying American history from a Catholic perspective later with Anne Carroll’s Christ & the Americas sometime between Grade 7 and 10.)  It covers the exploration of North America through the Clinton administration.  NOTE:  Be careful of the final chapter in this book: it includes references to "alternative life-styles" in the context of the Clinton and Bush administrations.  Feel free to remove the chapter from the book.
 
This is independent reading for Grade 4 and up and can be accomplished very quickly, very simply, giving the family more time to spend in the Rea Berg/Holling C. Holling program, Geography: A Literature Approach.  We recommend quickly reading through this book aloud as a family early in the year, doing the end-of-chapter study guide questions orally, then having the students read the book again, by themselves, late in the year, writing short phrase answers to the study guide questions then.


 

 




LESSON PLANNER

WEEK A

Preparatory Week A: Use this school week to gather the materials for this course and thoroughly read the book notes, course notes, and, if applicable, the weekly lesson plan in your St. Thomas Aquinas Academy curriculum guide.


WEEK B

Preparatory Week B: Use this school week to complete Preparatory Week A and explore the materials for this course. Flip through all of this course’s materials. Make mental notes about the design and organization the resources for the course (editor’s notes, table of contents, maps, charts, forms, appendices, glossaries, bibliographies, end notes, internet supports, etc.).


WEEK 1

 


WEEK 2

 


WEEK 3

 


WEEK 4

 


WEEK 5

 


WEEK 6

 


WEEK 7

 


WEEK 8

 


WEEK 9

 


WEEK 10

 


WEEK 11

 


WEEK 12

 


WEEK 13

 


WEEK 14

 


WEEK 15

 


WEEK 16

 


WEEK C

Preparatory Week C: This is a bonus week. Use it for Semester 1 catch-up, corrections, review, assessment testing, standardized testing, or semester reporting.


WEEK D

Preparatory Week D: This is a second bonus week. Complete Preparatory Week C or begin the Semester 2 course plan.


WEEK 17

 


WEEK 18

 


WEEK 19

 


WEEK 20

 


WEEK 21

 


WEEK 22

 


WEEK 23

 


WEEK 24

[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit in your semester reporting packet. See the sixteenth week of this semester for more details.


WEEK 25

 


WEEK 26

 


WEEK 27

 


WEEK 28

 


WEEK 29

 


WEEK 30

 


WEEK 31

 


WEEK 32

[ ] Select a work sample from this quarter to submit with your semester reporting packet. Your Semester 1 reporting packet should include work samples from Quarters 1 and 2 and is due before February 28. The Semester 2 packet should include work samples from Quarters 3 and 4 and is due before June 30.




ATTACHMENTS AND COMMENTS

SUBSCRIBE