Kindergarteners Go Around The World: Week 28 ~ Conclusion

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We made it!  In this post are several ideas on how you can wrap up your trip around the world.  Hope you and your kids enjoyed the journey!  Please comment below with any ideas you may have that will inspire the rest of us!

This post is part of the series “Around the World in 28 Weeks: Art, Literature & Geography Lessons for Kindergarten.” For an introduction, printable lesson plan grid, overview of the entire course, and links to more lesson plans, please click here.

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Week 28 Lesson Plan

Destination and Play Passport

Country:  Return home

Pretend Passport: Please see Week 2 for suggestions on how to use the Play Passports during your lesson.  Below are free printable Passport Stamps, Airline Tickets, and Cruise Ship Tickets. Just click on the thumbnails below to open and view. For best results, download to your computer or open in Adobe Reader before printing.

Passport Stamps Airline Travel Tickets Travel Tickets Cruise Ship

Reading (10 – 15 minutes)

StoryWhere Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery by Jamie Lee Curtis

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.

Geography (5 – 10 minutes)

Globe or Wall Map Activity: With your class, find your home country and city.  Briefly review the countries you’ve visited.  Ask your kids which country was their favorite (you may need to remind them of the book and/or the project that went along with each country).

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

Apple by Catrin Austin on flickrArt (30 – 40 minutes)

Make Teacher Thank You Cards

I have several fellow teachers that volunteer in our coop class – I teach one hour, and they each teach during the one of the other two hours.  I thought it would be nice for the kids in my class to wrap up the year by making thank you cards for their coop instructors – and for their Moms who teach them at home!

You could add a little extra such as a Sharpie Pen, pencil, or an apple to make it into a small thank you gift.

You will need:

  • Blank cards or card stock paper
  • Blank envelopes to fit cards or folded card stock paper
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Rubber stamps and washable ink pads (optional)
  • Glitter glue (optional)
  • New pencils or Sharpie Pens, or apples (optional)

Instructions: Decorate blank cards or folded card stock paper with markers, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, rubber stamps, glitter glue, or whatever you please.  Help the kids write “thank you” messages in the cards, or use the free printable Gift Tags below.  You could also use a Thank You rubber stamp or stickers.  Add a new pencil, pen or apple to each card if desired.

Teacher Appreciation Gift Tags

Alternative

Make teacher appreciation gifts – see lots of ideas on my Teacher Gifts Pinterest Board.

Hot Air Balloon by R'lyeh Imaging on flickrOther Activities

Following are a few more ideas to help you celebrate the end of your journey!

  • Release helium balloons (after reading Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery).
  • Have each child bring in a snack from a different country.  Provide paper products and decorations, and have a party!
  • Call each child up to the front of the class individually (time permitting) and congratulate him or her for completing the course.  Present to each one their Play Passport and World Traveler Notebook.

Supply Lists

General Supply List

Week 28 Supply List

Week 28 Art Supply List

  • Blank cards or card stock paper
  • Blank envelopes to fit cards or folded card stock paper
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Rubber stamps and washable ink pads (optional)
  • Glitter glue
  • New pencils or Sharpie Pens, or apples (optional)
  • Teacher Appreciation Gift Tag Printable (link to download is above)



Copyright 2015 Kathryn Depew

Image of Apple flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Image credit: Catrin Austin. Image of hot air balloon from flickr.com used under the Creative Commons license. Credit: R’lyeh Imaging.

 

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