Teaching Kids While Traveling During The Summer

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jun 24, 2014 4:53:27 AM

Traveling Opens A World Of Educational Opportunities


Taking a journey with kids is a wonderful way to enhance a person's perspective and teach people about unfamiliar places.

Make Vocabulary Acquisition A Goal Of Travel

Expeditions offer new and exciting information about customs, locations, geography and many other things. The brain tends to remember things associated with novel places and experiences. Educators and parents can utilize this by setting educational goals while traveling. Children can create vocabulary books. A good goal might be to learn three to five new vocabulary words per day, while traveling.

Young scholars can create, My Travel Vocabulary Book.

This book may include:




Visual representations


Sentences that include the newly acquired vocabulary word



definition found on http://dictionary.reference.com/


verb (used without object), trav·eled, trav·el·ing or ( especially British ) trav·elled, trav·el·ling.
to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip; journey: to travel for pleasure.
to move or go from one place or point to another.
to proceed or advance in any way.
to go from place to place as a representative of a business firm.
to associate or consort: He travels in a wealthy crowd.

Vocabulary Builder: Synonyms for travel

Books To Share With Kids About Travel

Find new vocabulary words while reading these literature pieces and add them to the My Travel Vocabulary Book.

thumb-1 Travels with Charlie: Way Out West

by Miles Backer (author), Chuck Nitzberg (illustrator) © 2013
ISBN: 9781609053543

Part travelogue, part I SPY, part WheresCharlie!
Find a pirate museum. Look for Key West. Then find Miami where the beach is the best!
Is he on a Bourbon Street balcony? Riding the Ferris wheel on Atlantic Citys Steel Pier? Hiding out in a Nevada ghost town?
This three-book series invites kids to take trips with Charlie the traveling pup, who goes to hundreds of places in the American South, West, and Northeast. For each featured state there are rhyming clues to help find Charlie, and all sorts of interesting,historical, and offbeat attractions and locations.
Picture-style maps and sidebars offer cool state-related trivia. From deep in the Grand Canyon, to Elviss mansion, to the field where the Wright brothers took to the skies, this incredibly charming trio of travelogues can be used for:
book reports
beyond-the-backyard exploration
firing up kids to discover all the real,not just the virtual, world has to offer.
Where can these books take kids?
Just ask Charliehell know!

thumb-2I can write a book about countries

by Bobbie Aloian (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781427179944

With the help of this book, children can write a book about different countries or concentrate on one country. Children will learn how to draw maps showing the continent on which the country is located, its capital city or cities, important regions, and proximity to oceans, polar regions, or the equator. Creating a book about a country’s land, people, and culture will inspire kids to learn about other places and ignite a love for travel.

More Recommended Reads

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about travel in multiple languages. These texts can be used to develop children's knowledge of a topic. In addition, some of the books are offered in multiple languages, which can be used to help readers develop their bilingual language skills. One helpful tip in building bilingual youth is to read the text in the primary language and then to reread it in another language. For example, an English speaking seven-year-old can read the book in English and then reread it in Spanish. Some titles are even available in the read aloud format. Kids can push the icon and the text can be read aloud to them in another language. This is a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to another language and new educational content. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts that teach children about travel and places around the world at www.biguniverse.com

thumb-10 Traveling on a Train

by Suzanne Barchers
ISBN: 9780743908696

Trains take you where you need to go and they move food and other goods from one place to another. Trains are full of shapes, too, which make them fun to look at. You can find circles on the train’s wheels and rectangles on the railroad tracks and railroad signs. There are even shapes at the train station. Some ceilings have circles or triangles and some floors have squares. Look inside. Can you find any more? 32pp.

thumb-12 Traveling on an Airplane

by Suzanne Barchers
ISBN: 9780743908702

Did you know that airports are the perfect place to find shapes? Sometimes shapes are used because they are a good design choice, such as circles and triangles on the ceiling. But other times, shapes are used to offer support and strength to the building. Look inside to see if you can find the many shapes hidden inside airports from around the world. Take a look outside the airport too. What shapes do you see on the runway? 32pp.

thumb-14Shapes in Transportation

by Jennifer Rozines Roy & Gregory Roy (author) © 2007
ISBN: 9780761442998 AR: / / /

This series reinforces both math and reading skills, stimulates critical thinking, and provides students with an understanding of math in the real world.

thumb-6 Explore Earth's Seven Continents

by Bobbie Kalman (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9781427194831 AR: / /

This concise overview of the seven continents explains to children what a continent is and what factors make each continent unique, such as landforms, climate, animals, and people. Full-color photographs and age-appropriate maps accompany each brief examination of a continent.

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