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As I prepare to start Story of the World Volume 1, I am adding geography to the mix. The first half of Story of the World Vol. 1 focuses on Africa and nearby regions, therefore, we will study African geography first. The second half of Story of the World Vol. 1 focuses on the Greeks and Romans, so we study Europe in the second semester.
On this page, you’ll find videos and chapter and picture book suggestions that correlate week by week with Geography Cycle, Year 1. This is a work in process, so please be patient. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment.
As you listen to the geography songs, download my Planning Guide with Lyrics. This PDF outlines the countries and geographical terminology included in each song.
General Book List:
- Africa is Not a Country by Margy Burns Knight
- A is for Africa by Ifeoma Onyefulu
- Koi and the Kola Nuts by Verna Aardema
Week 1: Continents
Week 2: Oceans
Week 3: Geography of Africa
Week 4: North Africa
- The Butter Man by Elizabeth Letts is a picture book about the Berber communities in North Africa. I don’t think it’s in print any longer, but larger library systems will. I found one in the LA County system.
- Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane is a picture book about the women in a Muslim community and a little girl’s curiosity about their traditional dress.
Week 5: West Africa, Part 1
- One Plastic Bag by M. Paul is a picture about the recycling women of Gambia.
- I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite is a picture book about a child’s everyday life in Mali.
Week 6: West Africa, Part 2
Note: Cape Verde is not accurately represented on this map. I am in the process of editing the video.
- Two Ways to Count to Ten by R. Dee is a Liberian folktale set in picture book form.
- Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson is a picture about a disabled young boy in Ghana.
- Grandpa Cacao by Elizabeth Zunon is a picture book about a little girl’s grandfather who was a chocolate farmer in the Ivory Coast.
- Kofi and His Magic by Maya Angelou is a picture book about a little boy in Ghana who learns how to weave Kente cloth.
- One Hen by Katie Smith Milway is a book about the big impact of micro-financing in a Ghanaian village.
- One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul is about a community of women who combine ingenuity and entrepreneurship to clean up their village in Ghana.
- Ogbo: Sharing Life in an African Village features rich photography and descriptions of life in a traditional Nigerian village. This book is out of print, but I found a copy at my library.
Week 7: Central Africa, Part 1
- Rain School by J. Rumford is a picture book about the first day of school in Chad.
- Mango Rain by J. Rumford is a follow-up picture book to Rain School.
Week 8: Central Africa, Part 2
Week 9: Horn of Africa
Week 10: East Africa
- Papa, Do You Love Me? by B. Joossee is a picture book set within the Maasai tribe in East Africa.
- My Rows and Piles of Coins by T. Mollel is a picture book about a little boy and market day in Tanzania.
- Mama Panya’s Pancakes by M. Chamberlin is a picture about a woman on market day in Kenya.
- Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book is a Caldecott Honor Book which introduces Swahili to young children through pictures.
- Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier is about a young girl in Uganda whose life is changed after receiving a goat.
Week 11: Southern Africa, Part 1
- The Akimbo Adventures by A. McCall Smith is a set of short chapter books about the adventures of the game ranger’s young son in Zimbabwe.
- Galimoto by K. Williams is a sweet story about a boy and village life in Malawi.
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by W. Kamkwamba is based on the true story of a 14 year old boy in Malawi.
- This For That by Verna Aardema is a folktale from the Tonga people, who live in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Week 12: Southern Africa, Part 2
- At the Crossroads by R. Isadora is a picture book about South African children waiting for their fathers to return home from the mines.
Week 13: Sovereign Island Nations in the Indian Ocean
Europe is coming soon.