Explore the World Through Literature
Take your students on a world tour with literature!
Students read and discuss a new story or book each day. Students plot the locations of the story or book on a world map or globe.
geography, mapping, literature, tour, globe
teacher-selected children's or young-adult literature, a world map or a globe, markers or pushpins
The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf (Spain)
Strega Nona, by Tomie de Paola (Italy)
Little Red Riding Hood, by Brothers Grimm (Germany)
Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans (France)
Paddington Bear, by Michael Bond (Peru)
The Little Mermaid, by Hans Christian Andersen (Denmark)
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri (Switzerland)
The Story About Ping, by Margerie Flack (China)
Katy No-Pocket, by Emmy Payne (Australia)
Anansi the Spider, (a folktale from Ghana)
Extension 1: If they plot the locations on a map, students can extend a piece of yarn from the map to a display of each book cover.
Extension 2: Each day, select a different student to draw a picture of the cover or illustrate a scene from the book read. Then extend a piece of yarn from the map to the student's picture.
Observe how well students read and discuss each book or story. Evaluate students' abilities to correctly pinpoint a location on a map or globe.
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