Every morning, I start off the day by giving my students a brief outline of our daily schedule. When I got to Social Studies, I heard many groans. We had just finished a unit on Force and Motion and Simple Machines and the class wasn’t happy about switching from hands-on investigations, to Social Studies again. I switch between Science and Social Studies units about once a month.
Anyways, after hearing the groans, I told the students that I promise it’ll be fun. They asked if it involved coloring. Apparently, to a third grader, learning isn’t fun if it doesn’t involve coloring. I responded by saying that it did, and it also involved construction paper, glue, and scissors. They were immediately intrigued. I kept the lesson details quiet to build anticipation.
Finally, when Social Studies rolled around, I previewed the lesson by reviewing what we learned about the continents of the world the day before. The students recalled most of the information with ease. Now on to the fun part! On my projector, I projected the cover page of C & C Teach First’s Student Made World Map free activity. You would not believe how excited my class was to make their very own world map!
Now, the example on the cover page is meant to go on a poster, but all I had was blue construction paper. I reduced the size to 65% of the original and I think it fits perfectly! I had the class color the continents first and then cut them out. After the cutting was done, and all 10,000 scraps of paper were thrown away, I passed out the construction paper and had them fold it in half length-wise to form the equator. They traced over this fold with a black marker to help it stand out. Then, the students placed the continents and labels in their correct position, making sure that they were either north of the equator, south of it, or running through it. After I approved their layout, they were able to glue!
This is an example of a finished copy by one of my students. Thank you C & C Teach First for such an engaging lesson that my students absolutely loved! It’s going to be hard to live up to it tomorrow!