Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 19 ~ Puerto Rico

Around The World in 28 Weeks For Preschool Through First Grade Collage Button 2 OK2This 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 19

This week you will be returning with the children in your class to the continent of North America and traveling to the territory of Puerto Rico. You can do the lesson plan activities in the order that you prefer.

Below is a Printable Lesson Plan Schedule for the entire 28 weeks, a blank lesson plan grid, and printable supply and book lists. Just click on the thumbnails below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer or open in Adobe Reader before printing.

Lesson Plans Around the World in 28 Weeks Kindergarten Lesson Plans Around the World Blank Template Around the World in 28 Weeks Kindergartener Supply and Book Lists

Prep Work

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

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Breeas Vega Alta Puerto Rico by Ricymar Photography on flickr

Week 19 Lesson Plan

Date and Destination

Date: Third Week of February**
Continent: North America
Country: U. S. Territory of Puerto Rico

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: Tiger Stories from Puerto Rico, The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book (read two to four, depending on attention span)

Discussion: Define unknown terms.  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:

  • Which was your favorite story?  Why?
  • Who was your favorite character?
  • Questions based on the Who?, What?, Why?, When?, and How? of a story are great for getting kids thinking.

Geography (5 – 15 minutes)

Globe or Wall Map Activity: With your class,

  • find the Continent of North America
  • find the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico
  • find the capitol: San Juan.

I have been allowing the kids to take turns putting little dot stickers on the country we visit on our wall map each week. They have really enjoyed this little extra!

Fingerprint Fish Framed

Art (30 – 40 minutes)

Fingerprint Animals from Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book

Your class can make fingerprint rabbits, tigers, and other animals from the tiger stories using just a few materials.

You Will Need:

  • White Paper
  • Washable ink pads in various colors
  • Black pens
  • Hand wipes

Other Activities (10 – 15 minutes)

Facts and Flag Handout*: Pass out these handouts to your class and allow them to color the pages 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.

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Puerto Rico 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 19 Supply List

Week 19 Art Supply List

  • White Paper
  • Washable ink pads in various colors
  • Black pens
  • Hand wipes

Copyright 2015 Kathryn Depew

Image of Breeas, Vega Alta, Puerto Rico from flickr used under the Creative Commons license. Image credit: Ricymar Photography.

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