Travel the world by learning about music!
When I was a kid, one of my favorite memories is when my family went on a pretend tour of the world. My mother put up a large map for the purpose of our travels and we spent a week in different countries for an entire year. Each time we "traveled" to a new country, we would draw a line from the country we had visited to the country we were visiting. During that week, we would eat at least one authentic meal from that country, learn a song or two, check out any books the library had featuring the culture of that country, and do a related craft. It was lots of fun and I really internalized geography as a part of that experience.
There are a group of fantastic public school music teachers who have had the same idea. The idea was spearheaded by Elizabeth Caldwell over at Organized Chaos. Not only have they been visiting a few different countries with their students during music period, but they have blogged about their resources and collaborated with each other to share what they have learned. I have been very impressed with their work and I wanted to share their blog posts with you. Other bloggers involved that I have drawn from are:
I will be adding to the "world tour" as I stumble across resources. If you have a great resource not listed, please share it in the comments!