Who doesn’t like sandwiches? November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, the perfect time for teaching geography with sandwiches around the world.
Sandwiches are America’s very favorite lunchtime item. I agree with this notion. Sandwiches are awesome!
It’s pretty cool to teach kids about where everyday things were derived from. Sandwiches are one of those things.
The sandwich is believed to be named after John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich. Sandwich is a city in the shire of Kent in England.
The word was first spelled Sondwic, then Sandwic, and eventually in 1086 as Sandwice.
It is said that Montagu originally ordered his meat to be delivered to him between two slices of bread so he wouldn’t get his fingers greasy and he also didn’t want to have to eat with a fork.
It is debatable where the sandwich originated from, but whoever invented it — did a good thing for this world!
Why not learn about the countries you are studying in your homeschool by making sandwiches from that area. This a win/win activity to enhance your geography lessons.
Check out these recipes for teaching geography with sandwiches:
Argentina – Choripan | The Spruce Eats
Brazil – Mortadela | Food So Good Mall
Belgium – Mitrailette | Copy Me That
Canada – Peameal Bacon Sandwich | Closet Cooking
Chile – Chacarero | Serious Eats
Denmark – Smørrebrød | The Spruce Eats
England – Cucumber Tea Sandwich | The Spruce Eats
Florida – Cubano | The Recipe Critic
France – Croque Monsier | The Spruce Eats
Greece – Gyro | The Spruce Eats
India – Vada Pav | Cook with Manali
Italy – Tramezzini | The Spruce Eats
Japan – Spaghetti Sandwich | Sandwich Tribunal
Lebanon – Shawarma | The Mediterranean Dish
Louisiana – Po’Boy | Mom on Time out
Maine – Lobster Rolls | Simply Recipes
Mexico – Cemita | The Spruce Eats
New York – Pastrami | Recipe Tin Eats
Philidelphia – Philly Cheese Steak | Delish
Portugal – Francesinha | The Takeout
Serbia – Ćevapĉići | All Recipes
South Africa – Gatsby | Food People Places
Spain – Bocadillo de Tortilla | Food52
Spain – Mallorca | Sandwich Tribunal
Sweden – Skagen Macka | Olive Magazine
Taiwan – Gua Bao | Kitchen Sanctuary
The Netherlands – Broodje Kroket | Eat Your World
United States – Grilled Cheese | The Spruce Eats
Vietnam – Bánh Mì | All Recipes
Boy, do I miss sandwiches!
Where I live there are not deli meat sandwiches. You know the sandwiches with slices made by a meat slicer? YUM! They don’t have that here, so if you are reading this… have a thinly sliced deli meat sandwich for me and enjoy!
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!