The News Hounds in the Great Balloon Raceby Amy Axelrod, Tim Bowers
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These three news hounds travel all over the United States to cover unusual and exciting events. This time they are headed for the Great Piney Woods Balloon festival in eastern Texas, where they will tape a thrilling race called the Ring Grab. Little does Isaac know that Molly has arranged for them to cover it from the air, in their own balloon....
Follow this daring trio as they experience many regions and climates, reading maps to keep them on the right trail. This fun-filled geography adventure will make your spirits soar!
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News Hounds in the Great Balloon Race is the first title in the News Hounds geography series. Isaac, Molly, and Jake (the WDG-TV news team) travel all over the United States to report on unusual and exciting events. But they would never be able to do their jobs if they couldn't read maps. Without maps we wouldn't know how to find the right highways, which direction to travel in, how to get around new cities by car, bus, or subway, or even how to dress for the weather each day. That's why I decided to write the News Hounds geography series, so we could learn how to use the right map for the right things. So follow these easy steps:
1) Read The News Hounds in the Great Balloon Race just for fun!
2) Go back and read the story again.
Look at the weather map and compare it to a weather map that you might see in a newspaper or on TV.
Look at the road map that Jake shows to Isaac. Can you figure out their route and how far they'll travel? (Hint: Examine the scale.)
Look at the grid map of the balloon lot. Can you draw a grid map to show where things are in your bedroom?
3) Take the geography challenge at the end of the book. You can do this by yourself, with your parents, or with your teachers.
Keep a compass handy and remember Isaac, Molly, and Jake's motto:
North, South, East, West,
WDG reports it best!
See you on the trail!
P.S. For Parents and Teachers Only
The News Hounds geography series has been designed around the Five Fundamental Themes in Geographic Education*: location, place, human/environment interaction, movement, and regions. Use the books as picture book read-alouds initially, and then as vehicles to introduce, reinforce, and review the map skills particular to each title.
* Set by the National council of Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers
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