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Exploring Where and Why

A K-5 hands-on geography program helping students understand where they are and why it matters!
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Hands-On Learning

Exploring Where & Why gives students rich experiences that encourage them to discover for themselves an increasingly sophisticated set of concepts and skills.

Markable Maps and Globes

Improve learning and deepen understanding by providing students with the opportunity to physically engage with the content!

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Atlases and the Digital Package

Provide students with an in-depth, sequential foundation for developing the concepts and skills to study people and places.

Teacher's Guides with Assessments and Activities

With the Teacher's Guide and a Digital Package to support each atlas, teacher's have all the tools they need to plan lessons, assign activities, and assess students. 

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Exploring Where & Why is a Nystrom hands-on geography program for grades K-5. Discover how this program can revolutionize your classroom!

Hands On Geography for Elementary

Kindergarten
Kindergarten
New Friends & New Places
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Kindergarten

New Friends & New Places

Introduce kids to exploring their own neighborhood and the world's neighborhoods through familiar themes such as family, friends, and holidays. Our elephant friends in the Jumbo family help create personal connections to social studies concepts.

Included in Kindergarten:

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Grade 1
Grade 1
Neighborhoods Near & Far
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Neighborhoods Near & Far

Immerse students in exploring a typical small American neighborhood and how it is different from and similar to neighborhoods on other continents. The Block Buddy kids ask thought provoking questions about places where people live, work, and learn.

Included in Grade 1:

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Grade 2
Grade 2
Communities Here & There
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Communities Here & There

Involve students in exploring an expanded concept of community, introducing topics such as consumers, producers, and government. The friendly Nystronaut aliens, being outsiders, look to students for answers to questions requiring critical thought. 

Included in Grade 2:

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Grade 3
Grade 3
People & Places Everywhere
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People & Places Everywhere

Broaden students' view of a community to include its wider region. Highlighting key concepts and asking critical-thinking questions., the Map Champ animals help students explore the size,location, history, and common needs of their own community and communities around the world.

Included in Grade 3:

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Grade 4
Grade 4

Maps & Globe Skills

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Maps & Globe Skills

Sharpen geography and social studies skills, then consolidate those skills as students apply them to exploring the regions of the United States. The team of Junior Geographers leads the way by making high-interest observations and asking tough questions.

Included in Grade 4:

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Grade 5
Grade 5
Our Country's History
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Grade 5

Our Country's History

Launch inquiry into American history with lessons that don't spoon-feed answers but instead ask essential questions. History literally "takes place" in student's' minds as they build their own understanding through real experience with hands-on activities.

Included in Grade 5:

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