I like the looks of your choice of combo of Geography Book + Spectrum grade 5 workbook.
Geography workbooks we used in middle school grades:
The Carson-Dellosa Discovering the World of Geography books for gr. 5-6 (U.S.), gr. 6-7 (Western Hemisphere, and gr. 7-8 (Eastern Hemisphere) are not only mapping/charting skills, but require some actual critical thinking and interpreting skills. These are available at Amazon and Rainbow Resource. We used the gr. 6-7 and gr. 7-8 when DSs were in middle school grades, and I was pleased that they were more than just fill-in-the-blank workbooks.
For straight-up map (and chart and graph) skills practice, we used the good ole MCP Maps, Charts, Graphs series. They are great are short enough that we did 1 per semester (I think that worked out to about two 2-page spread per week). There is a slight incremental step between grade levels, but it was not a problem to work one grade level up or down from DSs current grade level, in order to do 2 workbooks per year. Some of the workbooks go together very well thematically. For example:
D (grade 4) - States & Regions
E (grade 5) - US and neighbors
F (grade 6) - Eastern Hemisphere
G (grade 7) - World
It looks like the Spectrum work book is 90 pages compared to 65 pages in the grade 5 MCP Maps Charts and Graphs, and the Carson-Dellosa is more text heavy and "visually gray" and runs to 115 pages. The Evan-Moor Daily Geography is more scheduled, and is set up for 150 pages over 36 weeks.
Edited by Lori D., 05 October 2017 - 06:58 PM.