• Paddle to the Sea – Literature Unit

    Posted on September 8, 2008 by in Education, Homeschooling

    This year we will be using the Beautiful Feet Guide “Geography Through Literature” to study some of the geography of the USA and Canada.  They sell a beautiful map kit but it’s larger than I wanted (plus, I’d have to order and pay for it.)  I like to be able to keep everything together in a notebook to be bound at a later date.  Therefore, I created my own maps to go along with the lessons and wanted to post them for others to use.  (I did an internet search and couldn’t find any….)  

      Map 1 –  the entire area needed for the labeling lessons

     Map 2–  a close up of the Great Lakes area 

     Map 3 – a close up of the St. Lawrence Gulf area
    Note: I didn’t make the 2 smaller maps to scale with each other.  Therefore, you can’t put them together to make one larger map.  The reason I did the smaller ones is so that labeling would be easier.

    As I searched for a map I also found a wonderful resource.  There was a movie that was made in the 1960’s about the book and it is online at http://www.nighttrainfilms.net/NTFWEB/NTFPages/PaddleToTheSea/

    The entire book is online at that site as well.   The movie is also online at youtube.com.

35 Responsesso far.

  1. Karen says:

    Hi wonder do you have geography lesson plan and materials on teaching the flags of each country? Or do you know where can I get printable map from websites? Thanks for advise.


  2. admin says:

    One place to check would be http://www.montessorimaterials.org/geo.htm A traditional Montessori activities is pin maps. They are fairly easy to make for use at home. Here are some other links with more information: http://www.polestarmontessori.com/Continent_Pin_Map.html

    You make the flag pins and have the students use them the same was as the country/capital labels.

  3. Tonya says:

    THANK YOU!!!! I am about to start the same curriculum and had the same issues as you with BF’s maps. This is wonderful. I couldn’t find any elsewhere either. Now I’ll be checking if you have maps for the books that follow. 😉

  4. Julie says:

    Thank you so much for posting your maps. I have just been searching for ones to use with my daughter this year and these are wonderful!

  5. Andrea says:

    Thank you so much for posting these great maps! I’m just starting “Paddle to the Sea” and think your maps are incredible. Thank you!

  6. Heather Rasper says:

    Thank you so much for these maps…I homeschool and they are just what I was looking for to go along with my Beautiful Feet study.

  7. FreedomMom says:

    Hi, I just ran across this post, and was wondering how you like using the Geography Through LIterature guide? I’m considering getting it, but don’t know anything about it! Is it written from a Christian view point, or could it be modified to be used for a non-Christian family? (I don’t mind Christian references) Could the activities be used/modified for an advanced 1st grader? We like Charlotte Mason (roughly following AmblesideOnline curriculum), could we adapt the activities for a CM style?


  8. Dazydots says:

    Thanks for your maps. I am grateful I stumbled upon them. It has saved me time and money.

  9. Rachel says:

    I was wondering about your paddle to the sea maps. I am teaching paddle to sea this year to my children and they would work great. They look great in the “thumb prints”, but the links appear to be broken.


  10. Jenn says:

    I tried using your links to the maps for the Paddle-to-the-Sea post. We also want to use the BF geography through literature program this year and I was looking for the maps to print off. I hate to bother you about this, but wanted to let you know that the links were not working for me.


  11. Nicole says:

    Hi! I really like your maps above, but I can’t get the links to work. Are they still available? Thanks so much for sharing your hard work!

  12. Kris says:

    I have been searching and searching for maps like this…nothing like waiting until the last moment, but your links are broken. HELP! 🙂

  13. Kris S. says:

    I also would love to have the maps! We started today and would love to have your maps. Thank you so much for having these available 🙂

  14. Helen Smith says:

    I too would love your map files. Did you do maps for the other 3 books in the Clancy Holling series? Would love those too!

  15. Laurie Davis says:


    I too was trying to print your maps – Paddle-to-the Sea, but found the link not working.
    Can you help me with this?
    Much Thanks

  16. Jennifer says:

    I was wanting to print your Paddle to the Sea maps but your links are broken 🙁

  17. Kim says:

    I too was hoping to use these. Is there somewhere I can get your maps?

    Hopeful and praying,

  18. Just another complainer here… wanted to mention the broken links, but it appears I am not the first. 🙂

  19. Lisa Maxwell says:

    I was excited to find your blog with this resource but when I click on the links, I am told they are not found. I would appreciate the maps, we are missionaries in the Philippines and really depend on internet resources for homeschooling.

  20. Penny says:

    Can’t find the maps! Can you help me?

  21. Kristen Cragin says:

    map links are broken. Can you fix them??? Please???

  22. Ananda says:

    Hi there! Thank you for this! These links do not seem to work. Is there some other links? Blessing!

  23. MomOfFour says:

    One more person wondering if there is a way to get the paddle to the sea maps, but the links are broken. Apparently you are not blogging any longer – wondered if you still have the maps to share. Thank you

  24. Lisa P. says:

    Would love to use your maps…but the links seem to be broken. Are they still available?

  25. Sheila says:

    Your maps are perfect for what I’m looking for, but when I click on them with hopes of printing them, I get the “page not found” message. I saw your note on the sidebar about that, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere else in the webpage. Can you help me?

  26. Cheryl says:

    Would also love to have your maps if you would send them along?? THANKS

  27. Sherry says:

    I’m tried to access the maps but there is a broken link. Do you still have the maps?

  28. Ananda says:

    Thank you for fixing the links and your lovely work.

    They printed beautifully!

  29. Sara R says:

    Thanks for doing this. I’ve been sitting here searching for something just like this for awhile!

  30. Carrie says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these!

  31. Lilli Vitale says:

    I LOVE your maps for Paddle to the Sea! Thank you so much for your efforts and for sharing. Did you, by any chance, make maps for the other Holling C. Holling books (Tree in the Trail, Minn of the Mississippi)? I would love to continue with all of these, but don’t like the oversize maps or the price! If you haven’t made them, do you have any sources that might offer these for free?
    Thanks again!

  32. https://www.nfb.ca/film/paddle_to_the_sea Here is the movie. I’d like to use your maps in a geography unit I’m putting together. Please contact eme.

  33. Misty says:

    If you want a large map for your wall as I did, you can use your printers’ “poster” option to print the map with the entire area. I printed mine onto four sheets of paper and attached it to a sheet of poster board. We will follow the route with red yarn and a little clay “paddle”. Thank you for this resource!

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