If I could travel the world, I would! I love the excitement of finding a new destination to experience. I love having the freedom to go wherever I want or can afford whether I have a detailed itinerary or not! For me, world travel is an adventure. But, what if you don’t have the time or money to travel? Shurley English can take you on a global adventure through Discovery Time!
Discovery Time turns students into researchers. It gives them a chance to learn about different locations around the world, based on clues or tasks to complete. For example, in Level 8, students choose one of Quigley’s Quests to complete. One quest may ask the student to make a salt map of Machu Picchu, Peru; another may ask the student to imagine they are hiking the Incan Trail, research it, and create a brochure of must-see sights. Students are given various options to showcase their creativity. What an impactful way to teach across different subject areas and inspire your students to think globally!
As your students return from their Winter Break, keep them interested in learning by creating a Winter Wonderland Tour in your classroom! Your students can make passports, create a travel-map bulletin board full of fun facts, incorporate countries from the Winter Olympics, etc. You can make this engaging activity as big or as small as you want to. You never know how these experiences could inspire your student(s) to become a real world traveler.
Below, we have provided several examples of Discovery Time to help get you started. In each Discovery Time, students choose a quest and follow the directions to complete it. Each quest offers great publishing ideas to share their work. (Here’s more information on how to make the most of your Discovery Time.) If you don’t have Level 7 or Level 8 of Shurley English and would like to explore our curriculum in more detail, we invite you to go to our website and request an online sample of our language arts materials.