Teaching Geography with Sandwiches

November 4, 2020

Jeannette Tuionetoa

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Who doesn’t like sandwiches? November 3rd is National Sandwich Day, the perfect time for teaching geography with sandwiches around the world.

Teaching Geography with Sandwiches text with image of a grilled cheese being cut diagonally

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 – Panini 

20 Must Try Panini Sandwich Recipes

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!

Teaching Geography with Sandwiches text with image of a grilled cheese being cut diagonally

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