Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 7 – Spain

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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 7

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

For a Printable Lesson Plan Schedule for the entire 28 weeks, please see the Around the World introductory post.

Below is a free printable lesson plan for week 7 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 7 Spain Italy

Prep Work

  • Gather books and supplies (see list 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.

Fiscal Bridge Pyrenees in Spain by Les Haines on flickr.com

Week 7 Lesson Plan

Date and Destination

Date: Second week of October (Christopher Columbus Lesson) **
Continent: Europe
Country: Spain and Italy

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: Follow the Dream: The Story of Christopher Columbus by Peter Sís

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 Spain and Italy
  • find the capitol of Spain: Madrid.

Spain Map Handout*: Pass out the 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 Spain Map Handout in PDF format. Just click on the thumbnail below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer before printing.

Kingdom of Spain Map

Tile Coasters 2 Finished

Art (30 – 40 minutes)

Tile Coasters, or Hand Painted Tiles from Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World by MaryAnn F. Kohl and Jean Potter. Read the “Did You Know?” sidebar on page 106, then explain the process to your children, following the project instructions.

Instead of Hand Painted Tiles that need to be fired, I decided to go with a tried-and-true project, Tile Coasters.  Kids of all ages love to make these!  Please see the Creative Kids: Handmade Tile Coasters tutorial on my sister site, Cotton Ridge Create!, for more images and instructions.  (I recommend reading the “Did You Know?” sidebar on page 106 in Global Art for historical background information on the tiles.)

For the Tile Coasters you will need:

  • 4″ square plain ceramic tiles (find the tiles at Home Depot or Lowes for less than 20 cents each.)
  • Square cardstock templates, one for each child (cut out about 1/8″ smaller than your tiles on each side)
  • White scrapbook paper
  • Colored and printed scrapbook paper
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Pencils
  • Crayons, markers and/or paint
  • Paintbrushes (if using paint)
  • Mod Podge (I used Gloss-Lustre, but you could use the Satin if preferred)
  • Foam brushes for Mod Podge
  • Clean styrofoam meat trays for Mod Podge
  • Spray adhesive or Tacky Glue
  • Clear acrylic sealer
  • Felt squares for bottom of tiles (I cut them to the appropriate size ahead of time using the cardstock template mentioned above)

Please see the Creative Kids: Handmade Tile Coasters tutorial on my sister site, Cotton Ridge Create!, for more images and instructions.

Other Activities (5 – 10 minutes)

Spain 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 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.

Spain 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 7 Supply List

Supplies for Art Project

  • 4″ square plain ceramic tiles (find the tiles at Home Depot or Lowes for less than 20 cents each.)
  • Square cardstock templates, one for each child (cut out about 1/8″ smaller than your tiles on each side)
  • White scrapbook paper
  • Colored and printed scrapbook paper (optional)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Pencils
  • Crayons, markers and/or paint
  • Paintbrushes (if using paint)
  • Mod Podge (I used Gloss-Lustre, but you could use the Satin if preferred)
  • Foam brushes for Mod Podge
  • Clean styrofoam meat trays for Mod Podge
  • Spray adhesive or Tacky Glue
  • Clear acrylic sealer
  • Felt squares for bottom of tiles (I cut them to the appropriate size ahead of time using the cardstock template mentioned above)

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Copyright 2014 Kathryn Depew

Image from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Image credit: Les Haines.

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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