- "A World of Friends"
The children learn about many different countries while experiencing an "International Fair" on the playground.
- Reading Rainbow
- "Someplace Else"
For many people, no place is as special as home, while others long to explore life someplace else. Someplace Else is the fun-loving tale of Mrs. Tilby who, after years of living in the same small town, sets off to explore life in other places - from the hustle of the big city, to the quiet of a lakeside cabin. Other segments highlight LeVar's own love of traveling as he takes viewers from one end of the country to the other, exploring the places we call home.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Arthur's World Neighborhood Guide - Build global and cultural awareness with activities, resources, and tips to help kids explore cultural diversity within their own community and around the world. (PDF)
- Harriman Expedition: A Neighborhood Expedition - Plan an expedition and create a souvenir album.
- Maya & Miguel: Talk about a Hero/Heroine! - Read heroic stories and locate where the heroes lived on a map or globe.
- Reading Rainbow: Someplace Else - Track state license plates on your next road trip to learn about state capitals, geographic location, topography and more.
- Arthur: Connect the World - Play an online bingo game to learn about the cultures and flags of different countries.
- Cyberchase: Eye of Rom - Practice using cardinal directions with this online game.
- Franny's Feet: Grandpa's Globe - Pick a point on a map and learn more about the area.
- Postcards from Buster: Coast to Coast - Test your geography knowledge with this online board game.
- Postcards from Buster: Connect the States - Build geographical awareness and learn about cultural differences of some states by playing this fun matching card game.
- Postcards from Buster: My Blog - Learn about new places with each blog entry and find out where they are located on a map.
- Postcards from Buster: Where's Buster? - Find Buster by using clues and studying maps of the United States.
- America Is...
By Louise Borden and Stacey Schuett
Published May 2002 by Simon & Schuster Children's
This picture book celebrates the diversity of the United States with images of different regions, different occupations, and persons of different national origin. The book opens with a map.
- The Scrambled States of America
By Laurie Keller
Published October 1998 by Henry Holt & Company, Incorporated
Kids age 7 to 10 will be tickled by this super story about our fifty states. Keller takes readers to an imaginary party attended by the fifty states; things get out of hand when Idaho leads a limbo and North Dakota creates a conga line. Idaho and Virginia decide to switch places, which leads to wide-scale chaos: Minnesota forgets her sunscreen when she heads south, and the other states encounter a host of humorous problems. Keller's witty story and engaging illustrations are complemented by social studies, geography, and science facts.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.