Students will play continent and ocean games to learn more about maps, globes and the world.
- This Is the Way We Go to School:
A Book About Children Around the World
- World Maps
- Venn Diagram
- Blank sentence strips
- Map location markers
- Blank Map (pdf)
- Blank dice
- Continents and Ocean Names (pdf)
- Brown paper bag
Around the World
- Real passport
- Student pictures
- This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World, by Edith Baer;
Background for Teachers
There are many cultures and places around our world. In each
different place, students are exposed to and participate in activities that
are similar and different from our students.
In the book This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children
Around the World, by Edith Baer, students from around the world go
to school in a variety of different ways. Throughout the story you read
how one student got to school by walking and another by riding in a
Intended Learning Outcomes
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
Invitation to Learn
Read This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around
the World by Edith Baer to the class. Make a list of the students and
how they got to school.
- Using a map and a globe, label where the students in the book
came from, point out the continent, and show which ocean is
next to them. Make sure to point out all the continents and
discuss how children from the other continents may have gotten
- Give each table or small group of students a globe and let them
explore it. Then give them a map and have them explore it also.
- Bring students together and have them share what they learned
about the globe and map. Using a Venn Diagram, have students
share how the map and globe are different and alike and
place answers, which are written on sentence strips, in their
corresponding places on the Venn Diagram.
- Move into discussing the continents and oceans they will need
to know: North America, Antarctica, Australia, Pacific Ocean,
and Atlantic Ocean. As you introduce them, point them out on
both the globe and map. Have students share what they know
about them and discuss them as a class.
- Give students maps that are uncolored, and as a class label
these continents and oceans and color them. Then using your
globe, point out the continents and oceans.
- Play the following continent and ocean games.
- In pairs, students roll a die that has the continents and
oceans written on it. After they roll, they have to identify the
continent or ocean on the map and mark it with a counter.
Once a team member has marked all of the continents and
oceans, the game is over and they can start again.
- This game is played in small groups or partners. Each group
has a World Map that has each continent colored a different
color. They are also given dice with different colors on each
side that correspond with the different colored continents.
As they roll the die, they look at the map and say which
continent is that color. They then mark on the map the
continent they rolled, using a counter. Play continues until
they have rolled all the continents.
- Pair up students. Give each pair a bag and the Continents and
Oceans Names worksheet. Have them cut up the continents
and oceans names and put them in the bag. One partner
reaches in and pulls out a continent or ocean word. They
then read the word and place it on the Blank Map worksheet
according to where the continent or ocean is. Once the team
has filled the map, they can play again, or they can glue the
names on and color the map.
Around the World
- Show your students a passport, if you have one, or a picture of
what one would look like. Discuss why we need passports and
what we use them for.
- Using pictures of your students, have children make their
own passportpdf, by putting their picture on and filling out the
- Tell students they are going to go on a trip around the world
through informational/nonfiction books and learn about
- Each day visit a different continent or ocean and read a story to
them. See #5 below. Afterward, have them write what it was like
to visit there in their passport and give them a "stamp" from
- You can read to them any book about the continent or ocean
they are studying. Make sure to include: North America,
Antarctica, Australia, Pacific Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean; as well
as any others you may want to do.
-- Read folk tales from the different continents and have students
write a response to the folk tale.
- Have students interview someone who has visited or lived in
another continent. When students return to school, have them
share some things they learned.
- Send home Blank Map worksheet, have students label and color
in North America, Antarctica, Australia, Pacific Ocean, and
Atlantic Ocean and return it to school.
- Give students a blank world map of the continents and oceans.
On the side, have the continents and oceans listed, and have
students draw a line to the continent or oceans name.
- Let students play with the globe and spin it. Have them stop the
globe and put their finger on any random spot. Observe to see
if they know if it's a continent or ocean, and if they can name
which one it is, or one that it is close.
Henry, A., Crawford, C. M. (2001). Graphic representations for learning: developing a
learner's conceptual framework. ERIC. Retrieved November 28, 2006, from www.eric.ed.gov
We learn from this article the benefits of using graphic
representations to help students during their learning experience.
In the article, they discuss how quickly you can teach graphic
representations to the students, and how easily they can be used.
White, C.P. (2004). Student portfolios: an alternative way of encouraging and evaluating
student learning. Academic Research Premier. Retrieved November 28, 2006.
This article stresses the importance of using portfolios in the
classroom. It discusses how students can have an ownership of their
portfolio and how teachers can help them with the ownership process.
Teachers and students should work together to decide what to include,
so the portfolio will have more meaning and value for the student.