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This lesson involves creating continents


Social Studies  


3, 4  

Jill Kuda

TITLE: Creating the Continents


LENGTH: 1 Hour and 30 minutes

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS(the students will be able to):

  1. learn the seven continents and where they are in relation to one another.



  1. World Globe
  2. Balloons
  3. Permanent Magic Marker




The lesson for today is to learn about the seven continents and where they are in relation to one another. The balloon is going to be used for learning the location of each continent by creating your own world globe. You will be split into seven different groups after making your balloons and you can share them with your group.


A world globe will be sitting in front of the class. Give each student a balloon and have him/her blow it up. The balloon serves as a replacement to a world globe. With a permanent magic marker, each student should draw the shapes of the continents on the balloon in relation to how close they are to one another. They should use the entire balloon to create their globe. Have them write in the name of each continent in its correct shape. They can make their balloons as colorful and creative as they want. After they are finished, divide students into seven groups and have them compare their balloons with one another. Next each group will be assigned a different continent and they will (as a group) tell one interesting fact that they know about that particular continent. For example, it can even be something as simple as “this continent is under this continent….”


Each group will present one of their balloons to the class, and will tell one fact that relates to their assigned continent.


Each student should be given a blank map with the seven continents drawn on it. The students will be responsible for writing in the correct continents to assess their knowledge from the balloon. This way the teacher can tell how well they have learned where each continent is on the map. For a bonus point, the students can tell one fact about one of the continents.


A visually impaired student can be given the different shapes of the continents, so they can feel where each one goes in relation to one another. A hearing-impaired student will be able to learn the facts of each continent by seeing their balloon with the continents written on it. The group that the hearing impaired child is in may want to write down ideas about the fact that they are going to present to the class.


Jill Kuda 10/5/97

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