for Earth Day
students will utilize map skills to locate the seven
- A flat world map,
displaying the 7 continents, use the following link,
if needed, World
- A globe
- Index cards with the names
of the continents on them (one card per student, with
only the name of one continent on it. Therefore,
3 or 4 students may each end up with the same
continent printed on them.)
- A wide open space to make
a "human map"
- Have a discussion on the
fact that there are 7 continents which make up the
Earth. Define what a continent is depending on
the age level of the students. Show the students
where these continents are on a globe.
- Display the flat
world map explaining how this map would be similar to
peeling the map off the globe and spreading it out on
a flat surface. Point to the continents on this
- Have each student pick an
index card with the name of a continent on it.
- Have the students group
themselves according to the card they drew.
- Using a wide open area,
facilitate the students standing in an area to
represent where the continents are placed on the flat
- Discuss where the
continents are in relation to one another.
Review the names of the continents.
- For reinforcement, play a
"Spin the Globe Game". Have each
student take a turn closing his/her eyes. Spin
the globe. Have the student place his/her finger
on the globe, open them and see whether they landed on
a continent or on water. If on a continent,
which one is it?
- Older students may play
the game at the following site Geography
- Here's a link with a story
to help students remember the names of the continents Geography/Misc.
- Have the students pick a
place they would like to live on earth and do some
research on that place.
- Learn some ways to protect
the earth and its environment. Use one of the
following links for assistance; EEK!,
Things You Can Do To Help, Children
Of The Earth United, or Helpful
Hints For Planet Earth.