Geography: Texas and Australia

Because I’m sure you were really thinking those two went together.  Well, oddly enough in our house they did, because to teach them about Australia I had to first show them a few things on our map.
012First we found Texas on our map (and yes Batman is attempting to do a handstand on the map).  Then we put push pins in for where we are, and where Nana and Granddad and our friends who sent us postcards are (Adriana over at My Bilingual Boys).  And as I posted yesterday we also were reviewing a product about Australia, and I thought this was a perfect way to move into zoo animals (I’m thinking we’ll learn about different zoo animals from each continent).
So from finding Texas on the map, and discussing where that was, and how it is part of the United States, a concept I hadn’t brought up before.  We looked in the atlas and found Australia.  Alas my globe has been eaten by the monster in our house, so I don’t know what happened to it, but we were able to find it on the atlas and figure out it’s far away from us.  I found my globe, or I should say one of the boys did under their bed.  We had a very long discussion about how it’s not a toy to wander around the house.
They were really intrigued by this idea of a it being entirely surrounded by water.  They’re also intrigued by the different animals that are found there.  I’m thinking this might be a future lesson about Texas, what animals do we find here.  Of course most of the animals you find here are found in most of our country.  So, I don’t know, I’m still thinking through if that makes sense as a lesson.  I’m looking at this site here, and all of the animals listed are fairly common, I mean we have a Virginia Opossum (incidentally very cool site about animals, if you’re interested).
And I just found out about this:

I sent the lady an email about joining a few days ago, but haven’t heard back yet.  It might be she’s already got Texas for her next group, or she’s getting overwhelmed with requests.  So, this could be another way to get postcards.
And, if you’re still wanting a card from Texas, or just feel like randomly sending me a card…….  I’ve got all of mine sent out, except a request I got last week, and the international ones.  If snow clears up I’ll go mail those tomorrow……  Notice how I snuck in we got snow?
If you want to find out about more great geography ideas head over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn for more great ideas!

7 thoughts on “Geography: Texas and Australia

  1. Snow?!? What a strange winter – we were supposed to be in the 40's, which would be odd enough – but I'm pretty sure it's at least in the 60's out, with sunshine and happiness – but hey, send us back our snow will you!

    And, I'm thinking Texas, armidillos, alligators, and wild boar, we don't have those in the northern states 🙂

  2. *ducks head in shame* we haven't forgotten about your postcards 😦 I need so few things at the store than people have been picking up a gallon of milk for me when I need it, and I never get out! I'm definitely going out this week at some point, and we WILL find postcards 🙂 And if we don't….I'll just have to print some of my own 😉

  3. Hope you don't mind if I butt in. 🙂 Hi! I am 100% Australian-Texan. That is, I was born in Australia and moved to the states when I was four years old. I have grown up here and am now attending A&M- Corpus Christi. I am studying to become a teacher and happen to be working on a lesson plan that deals with Australian wildlife. My favorite childhood book is called, “The Big Book of Wild Australia” (Dalton 1993). The book covers the major regions of Australia and the animals that live there. As I was going through this book, I realized the similarities between Texas and Australia- Examples: Australian outback can be compared to west Texas, Coastal Bend could be compared to Coastal regions in Australia…Dingo vs. Coyote….Texas snakes vs. Australian snakes….

    I was thinking of using this book to show the many regions of Australia and the wildlife that live there. To supplement this, I would have the class create a comparison chart showing the regions and wildlife of both places.

    Here is something I found that you might find interesting. There is a town in Australia called Texas, Queensland (ironically, the state I was born in).

    Interesting Fact!
    “Texas is a picturesque town nestled along the banks of the Dumaresq River in southern Queensland on the state border. Texas was named over a land claim in the 1850's which bore many similarities to one happening in Republic of Texas and Mexico in the United States at the same time. The original town was established on the river flats in 1875 but was relocated after the disastrous floods of 1890 and 1921. Remnants of the original historic township still exist for visitors to see.”

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