Globe Trotting Girls Week Four: Tea, Stonehenge, and God Save the Queen!

Items Needed:
  • United Kingdom flag cut out from Expedition Earth
  • England by Michael Burgan
  • England A to Z by Byron Augustin
  • Look What Came From England by Kevin Davis
  • Paper dolls of Scottish boy and Irish girl          
  • Children Just Like Me
  • Great Britain map from Homeschool Creations
  • British flag from Expedition Earth
  • Children’s Amazing Places
  • Notebooks
  • Home Art Studio Grade 1
  • White construction paper cut into a large square, dark paint (black, blue, or purple), paintbrushes, and oil pastels.
  • Cliff vocabulary sheet
  • Various British folktales (I used Robin Hood, King Arthur, and Mother Goose picture books.)
  • Works of art by Thomas Gainsborough, John Everett Millais, Joseph Mallord William Turner, and/or Richard Wilson. I used Cherry Ripe by Millais, The Dormitory and Transept of Fountains Abbey-Evening by Turner, Snowdon from Llyn Nantlle by Wilson, and Mr. and Mrs. Andrews by Gainsborough.
  • The Complete Book of Animals
  • Various books about sheep from the library
  • Animals of Great Britain flipbook from Expedition Earth Animal Supplement
  • Great Britain lapbook from Expedition Earth
  • Ingredients to make scones, sandwiches, and cake. I made Cheese and Herb Scones, egg salad and ham sandwiches, and Banana Chocolate Bundt Cake (I used this recipe but didn't make the icing. Instead I sprinkled the finished cake with powdered sugar).
  • The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo
  • Teaching with Cinderella Stories from Around the World by Kathleen M. Hollenbeck
  • The Whipping Boy by Sid Flieschman
  • The Whipping Boy Study Guide from Progeny Press or some other study guide
  • The Secret Garden

Day One:

Add British flag and date of entry to passport.

Quickly review the continents and oceans by playing this game. Review the terms latitude, longitude, hemisphere, equator, prime meridian, czar, and communism. Locate Russia on a blank map. Review the capital of Russia and the significance of the Ural Mountains (division between European continent and Asian continent).

Find Great Britain on a map or globe. Talk about what hemisphere it is in and what continent it is on. Skim over the fact sheet about Great Britain from Expedition Earth and share with your student.

Read Look What Came From England, England A to Z, and/or England. I let the youngers color their paper dolls while I read.

Miss Elizabeth coloring her Irish girl.
Have older students fill out the map of Great Britain (with bodies of water whited out) from Homeschool Creations while younger students color the British flag sheet. I added the following places to the map for the older girls: Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Irish Sea, English Channel, and White Cliffs of Dover. 

Chipette doing her map work.
Add these pages to your notebook along with the paper dolls.

Read Children’s Amazing Places p. 114-115 and 192-193.

Read some Mother Goose rhymes and one of your British folk tale books. We read Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow by Robert D. San Souci

Complete Part 1 of the Stained Glass project from Home Art Studio

Show artwork of your choice by British artists. Explain that these works of art are all by British artists. You could even find their hometowns on a map if they were born in England. Talk about the works themselves or just let the students look at the pictures during the week.

Read The Irish Cinderlad. Ask the comprehension questions in the After Reading section of Teaching with Cinderella Stories and do the An Irish Touch activity.

For homework I assigned my third graders p. 231 in The Complete Book of Animals and to read the first four chapters of The Whipping Boy and do p. 14-16 in the study guide.

Day Two:

Read one of the England informational books from Day One or skip this and move on.

Do part 2 of the Stained Glass art project from Home Art Studio.

The girls with their stained glass art.
Read Children’s Amazing Places p. 88-89, 140-141

Let children build Stonehenge using Legos while you read another British folktale. I read the first book from the Tales of King Arthur series by Hudson Talbott, The Sword in the Stone. By the way, this series is AMAZING, and I checked all of them out for the girls to read on their own.

Chipette and Miss Jane showing off their Stonehenge models.
Read a book or two about sheep. Discuss a few facts about sheep, and then watch this video about how to shear a sheep on Youtube.

Complete the Animals of Great Britain flipbook from Expedition Earth’s Animal Supplement and add to notebook.

Define monarchy and cliff (use vocabulary page. Let youngers draw picture and let olders copy definition) and put definitions in notebook.

Fill out the Great Britain lapbook piece from Expedition Earth and put in notebook. I added population, government, and religion categories to it.

Read The Irish Cinderlad again. Do the If Boots Could Talk and the Roll a Story Activity Page from Teaching with Cinderella Stories.

Have an English tea party and enjoy your scones, sandwiches, and cake. During the tea party I talked about The Whipping Boy with my older girls using the discussion questions on page 17 of study guide.

Stamp passports with exit date.

Read chapters 16-20 in The Secret Garden this week.

Homework: Read chapters 5-8 in The Whipping Boy for next week and do p. 19-20 from the study guide.

Alternative science assignment for Day Two:

I was fully expecting to do the sheep study above, but the night before we were gifted a Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex kit and Chipette and Magpie were dying to use it. So I started thinking about a way to use it when studying England and my Childcraft Children’s Encyclopedias came to the rescue. I remembered a story from the Prehistoric Animals volume about the discovery of the first dinosaur bones and where the name “dinosaur” was invented. Both of these things happened in England! So we read the story out of the Prehistoric Animals volume and dived into our dino dig.

They all had so much fun! 

So if sheep aren’t your thing, then do a dinosaur activity instead. J Since I know that most people don’t own a set of Childcraft Encyclopedias from their childhood, you could also use books on Mary Ann Anning (a paleontologist from England) or Dr. Gideon Mantell (the man who discovered the first dinosaur bones).

Up next, Week Five.


  1. Goodness gracious, Chel! I'm in awe just reading your plan! What you've pulled together in just amazing. Props, sista.

    1. It really just kind of came together. Plus I knew I was going to do this study for a year, so I have been slowly accumulating ideas and resources. But thanks for the kudos! I always appreciate adulation :)

  2. A little late to the party but do you only have 4 weeks listed on your blog? I've been making some notes to do with my youngest dd but I only see weeks 1-4. Of course, it could be that I am overlooking it lol. Thanks for sharing your lesson plans for geography, they are amazing!