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Kids learn the names of the continents here by completing a challenging cut-and-paste activity and a descriptive T-chart

Subjects:

Art, Social Studies  

Grades:

2, 3  

Title – Continents

By – Ben Davis

Primary Subject – Social Studies

Secondary Subjects – Art

Grade Level – 2-3

Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills Social Studies Standards:

    113.6 2.(6) Geography.

      The student understands the locations and characteristics of places and regions.

      The student is expected to:

        (A) identify major landforms and bodies of water, including continents and oceans, on maps and globes.

Learning Objectives:

    The student will be able to:

    • spell and identify the names of each continent
    • color and cut each continent
    • paste each continent into it’s proper location on a map
    • draw and fill a chart concerning geographic information

List of Materials Needed:

    • Globe / Map
    • Construction Paper (blue)
    • Markers
    • Pencils
    • Continent Cutouts
    • Paper

Pre-Activity Preparation:

    A globe should be put out in plain sight for all students to see and compare their project to.

Transition:

    Students should move to their individual desks, and some students should pass out cutouts and construction paper.

Establishing Set/Introduction:

    “Do you know where we are? Which continent do we live on?”

Learning Experience/Procedure:

  1. Students should go to their desks, and make sure all supplies are present.

  2. The teacher should select three or four students to pass out construction paper and continent cutouts.

  3. Students should color all continents, as well as label them by name. The globe in the room, or a map may be used to identify the names of each continent.

  4. Once all continents are colored, cut out each one.

  5. Paste all cutouts on the construction paper, as if the paper was the ocean.

  6. Use the map/globe if needed to determine where each
    continent belongs, and at what angle they should be placed.
  7. When all continents are in place, label the major oceans as well as the poles.

  8. Create a compass rose, with North, East, South, and West on it for reference.

  9. Once the map is completed, on a separate sheet of paper, have students create a T-chart with three columns. In the completed Continent Chart, the first column contains the name of each continent, the second describes what each one looks like, and the third provides a way to remember each continent based on it’s appearance.

  10. This chart may be used as a study tool for a future quiz on the identity of each continent.

Closure:

  • “Which continents are separate from the rest?
  • Which ones are touching each other?
  • Which continent is more south than any other?
  • More north?”

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