Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 5 – England

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This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here. Thank you for visiting Cotton Ridge Homeschool!

Introduction to Week 5

This week you will be returning with the children in your class to the continent Europe and introducing them to the country of England. You can do the lesson plan activities in the order that you prefer.

Below is a free printable lesson plan for week 5 in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer before printing.

Kindergarten Around the World Lesson Plan Week 5 England

Prep Work

  • Gather books and supplies (see checklist below)
  • Print out handouts and 3-hole punch them for notebooks (see below)

Check back during the year, as I will be adding pictures of completed projects and let you know if the kids enjoyed the lesson and any changes I would make for next time. Thanks for joining us!

Disclosure: The books and supply links below lead to products on Amazon. I am an affiliate and will receive a small commission if these links are used to make a purchase.

Big Ben by Problemkind on flickr

Week 5 Lesson Plan

Date and Destination

Date: Fourth week of September**
Continent: Europe
Country: England

Pretend Passport: Please see Week 2 for suggestions on how to use the Play Passports during your lesson.  Below are free printable passport stamps. Please click here for free Airline Tickets and Cruise Ship Tickets printables. Just click on the thumbnails below to open and view. For best viewing/printing results, open in Adobe Reader.

Passport Stamps

Reading (10 – 15 minutes)

Story: Take Care, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas

Discussion: Ask questions to determine reading comprehension; tailor these to your children’s ages and abilities. Depending on the size of your class and as time permits, try to allow each child to participate. Don’t drag this part on too long or your kids will lose interest. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Did you like the story? Why or why not?
  • What was your favorite part?
  • Questions based on the Who?, What?, Why?, When?, and How? of a story are great for getting kids thinking.

If you have planned a snack, you may want to have your discussion time while you eat.

Geography (5 – 15 minutes)

Globe or Wall Map Activity: With your class,

  • find the Continent of Europe
  • point out the different countries on the continent, including England
  • point out that England is part of the United Kingdom
  • find the capitol of England: London.

Map Handout*: Pass out the United Kingdom Map Handout to your class and allow them to color the page as time permits. You may want this to be the last activity of your class so they can be kept busy until the next class starts or until their parents pick them up. Have the kids place their handouts in their World Traveler Notebook (3-ring binder) before they leave.

Below is a free printable United Kingdom Map Handout in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer before printing.

Map of United Kingdom

Art (20 – 25 minutes)

Marshmallow Sculpture:   Open-ended art.  Build your own medieval tower from marshmallows and toothpicks!  Show the kids how to stick the toothpicks in the marshmallows, then allow them to build as they please.  Have them transport their creations home on a paper plate.

You will need:

  • Large and small marshmallows
  • Toothpicks or similar wooden picks
  • Paper plates
  • Disposable tablecloth
  • Wet wipes
Sample Marshmallow Sculpture by musicmoon@rogers.com on flickr.com

Sample Marshmallow Sculpture by musicmoon@rogers.com on flickr.com

Other Activities (5 – 10 minutes)

England Facts & Flag Handout*: Pass out and read this handout to your class and allow them to color the page as time permits. You may want this to be the last activity of your class so they can be kept busy until the next class starts or until their parents pick them up. Have the kids place their handouts in their World Traveler Notebook (3-ring binder) before they leave.

Following is a free printable England Facts & Flag Handout in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer before printing.

England Facts and Flag


*If there is not time in class, provide these as handouts for the kids to do at home. The pages can go in their World Traveler Notebooks as a record of their journeys.

**Our homeschool coop begins during the last week of August, but the Around the World course can be started at any time of year. Some re-arranging of the weekly plans may be necessary due to holidays, but with a little planning ahead of time, this should be very manageable.

Supply Lists

General Supply List

Week 5 Supply List

  • Take Care, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas
  • Passports and World Traveler Notebooks for each child from Week 1
  • Printables from this post: Lesson Plan, Airline Tickets, Passport Stamps, Map Handout, and Facts & Flag Handout
  • Large and small marshmallows
  • Toothpicks or similar wooden picks
  • Disposable tablecloth
  • Wet wipes

Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew
Image from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Big Ben image credit: Problemkind, Marshmallow Sculpture image credit: musicmoon@rogers.com.

Disclosure: The books and supply links on this page lead to products on Amazon. I am an affiliate and will receive a small commission if these links are used to make a purchase.


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