Friday, February 19, 2016

In 1492, Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue ...

Which OCEAN?? Continents and oceans are not particularly fifth grade standards, however, every year I discover that a large portion of my class still struggles to name and identify the 5 oceans and 7 continents. Hence our mini unit during Exploration. Here are some of my favorite activities for review:
After learning about longitude and latitude (a fifth grade standard), I separate the kiddos onto pairs to create a balloon globe. They really have to use good logical thinking skills, as well as maps and globes, to place the continents in their correct place between the Equator and the Prime Meridian. 

This activity really helps them visual the globe better. If you are interested in purchasing the globe set it is available on TPT HERE. 
During our centers, I have a small maps and globes booklet that is one of my CAN DO stations for the week. This booklet is a FREEBIE that you can get HERE!
HERE are some awesome FREE geography map and globe word wall words as well. 
Another great activity to do for review around the holidays is THIS  FREEBIE where students use map skills to track Santa. 

Hopefully you can use some of these activities to help your students review or teach vital geography knowledge :) 

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