Thursday, July 12, 2012

Exploring Spain

Hi there, I’m Heidi Raki of Raki’s Rad Resources. Heidi Befort has graciously invited me to do a series of posts for you on using research books to explore different countries. Last week, I wrote for you about Egypt. This week, we are exploring Spain. Spain is the closest European country to me, and so we went up and explored Seville earlier this year – what a beautiful country.  There is a lot of history to teach about in Spain and tons of beautiful culture.  In addition, for many English Language Learners in the United States, it is the home country of their home language – although many are unaware of this.  I once had a student from Mexico, who was amazed that the explorers from Spain spoke Spanish BEFORE they arrived in Mexico!

Plaza del Espana - Sevilla, Spain

Here’s a little information about Spain:

- Spain is located in South Western Europe.  It shares a border with France and Portugal.

- Spain is a part of the Iberian Peninsula.

- Castillian Spanish is the language now spoken by the majority of Spanish citizens, but there are also 3 other types of Spanish spoken in Spain: Basque, Catalan and Galician.

- Roman Catholicism is the main religion of Spain.

- The capitol city of Spain is Madrid.

- Many famous people come from Spain, including: Juan Ponce de Leon, Pablo Picasso, Placido Domingo, Bartolome de Las Cas, and Miguel Servet.

Spain Research Book for Kids - FREEIf you would like to teach your kids about Spain you can use this Free Research Book that you can download from Google Docs to help them explore some key facts about Spain.

I’ll be back next week as part of this ‘Learning About Countries Through Research Books series” with information about England. In the mean time, please feel free to stop by my blog, Raki’s Rad Resources, for more quality teaching tips and resources.

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