San Diego Zoo Map Activity

I made this activity after a trip to the San Diego Zoo. For the lesson you need a copy of the map which you can find here and an activity sheet per student. The lesson objectives cover cardinal and ordinal directions as well as locating important information on a map using map symbols. In order to solve the last three questions you will need to have the kids look up the current show times and membership rates on the official zoo site (or you can omit them). Anytime your family goes on a vacation it is a great time to sneak in more social studies by having the kids read the map and plan the day. Take a few maps home and have them make your own fun practice game! I will gladly post any if you send them to me.

Nevada Project

When I was a 4th grade teacher in CCSD we covered Nevada State History. I believe that this rubric would be a good start for a homeschool project on Nevada. I always took my students to the Nevada State Museum and Historical Society as part of our studies. Feel free to adapt the project rubric however it fits your needs!

Nevada State History Project Rubric

Student Rewards and Free Incentives!

Here is a list of programs that offer freebies and student incentives. Most of these are centered around student report cards. That is the great thing! Just print out YOUR report of how well your student is doing. They count too!

Chuck E Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese’s program Tokens For Grades Up to a 15 token maximum, kids can receive 3 tokens for each “A”, 2 tokens for each “B” and 1 token for each “C” on their report card. You should be able to benefit from the program if you have any documentation showing a student’s progress and explain to the manager that they are homeschooled.

McDonald’s Students with a straight “A” report card receive: Kindergarten-5th
grades – free Happy Meal. 6th-12th grades – free Value Meal

Peter Piper various incentive awards:

Pizza Hut Book It
(you can sign up as an individual homeschooler….and I think you can still sign up even though it’s past the deadline)

Pizza Hut 3 A’s program:

Also, Mimi’s Cafe has teacher incentives/rewards, and students! They are great about sending them out to groups!