Below are the trail guides to the US and World plus the Ultimate Geography and Timeline Guide. The ultimate guide is pretty cool for a general reference throughout the grades and it has a nice chart on the explorers which is great since I'm making up that unit myself. Between these and the CD-ROM of Uncle Josh's Outline Maps we are in good shape map wise.
This week's mapping activity is the world- they had to label each continent and the equator at 0 degrees latitude. Today E10 also added the Artic and Antartic Circle. I found out I'd started him this week on the high school level thinking it was intermediate. He's disappointed to drop back a level so I guess I'll have to throw some of those drills in on occasion.
The notebook has 9 sections. One for each continent, one for geographical terms, and one for the world. The kids are learning new mapping skills and have been eager to chase after a fact so far. Hopefully it won't wear off! When we get to our explorers unit, these new skills will come in handy and I think will add a lot to our studies. I did purchase the notebooking pages to go with it out of sheer convenience. I think R8 will do much better with the structure. We'll update of course!