March Lesson of the Month Connection:
Our lessons this month can easily be connected to geography. In a recent National Geographic-Roper Global Geographic Literacy Survey polled more than 3,000 18- to 24-year-olds in Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Sweden and the United States. Sweden scored highest; Mexico, lowest. The United States was next to last. So, taking opportunities to teach geography is a must. When writing about St. Patrick’s Day, have students locate Ireland on the map. Ask directional questions – if they were to travel from their hometown to Ireland, which direction would they go? What bodies of water surround the Emerald Isle? What are Ireland’s closest neighbors? If you have a large world map, make it a point to add a colorful pin to each location children read (and write) about.