|Working on maps of Italy|
These are the books we started with to get an idea of what Italy is all about. My kids did NOT want me to stop reading the "See You Later Gladiator" book. I probably could have read it all in one sitting because they were so enthralled by the action and characters. (It's also only about 10 chapters long.)
I also absolutely love this social studies workbook and we use it whenever discussing a country. It has great basic facts for kids about different countries and good suggestions for activities and food to try...like recipes for crostini and gelato. We also made panzanella, biscotti, risotto, muffaletta and identified 11 different types of pasta: spaghetti, vermicelli, linguini, tortellini, rotini, farfalle, penne, fusilli, rigatoni, radiatori, ruote. My favorite food event was when we were eating frittata and the kids wanted to know how to say "eggs" in Italian (uova). Then they wanted to know how to say, "Eggs are yummy" in Italian (uova sono gustosissimo).
|Library books on Michelangelo|
|Neptune with trident|
We listened to Vivaldi and Puccini as famous examples of Italian composers. And we listened to Holst's "Planets" as we drew (or built out of legos) the Roman Gods. We also read some Italian fairy tales.
|A victorious Mars|
Overall it was a fun experience and it helped to focus our discussions and learn new tid-bits of information. If you need more ideas or specific links, check out my pinterest account where I have an entire Italy board.