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Old 07-22-2007, 11:40 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

I am teaching the continents to my students this term then teaching a different country every fortnight. (I'm not sure which countries these will be yet.) I would love any ideas/worksheets etc you have for teaching this topic as it is new for me. Thanks!


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Continent Song
Old 07-23-2007, 04:47 AM
 
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While my class is learning about the continents, I made up a song to the tune of "The Adams Family." They point to each continent and ocean as they sing the song.

Continents of Earth (snap, snap)
Continents of Earth (snap, snap)
There's Asia and there's Europe
There's North and South America
There's Africa and Australia
Don't forget Antarctica
Continents of Earth (snap, snap)
Contitnents of Earth (snap, snap)

Oceans of Earth (snap, snap)
Oceans of Earth (snap, snap)
There's Pacific and Atlantic
Indian and Arctic
They all salt water
The four oceans of the Earth
Oceans of Earth (snap, snap)
Oceans of Earth (snap, snap)

I've done this with both 2nd and 3rd graders, and it's always a big hit. In fact I've had some former students who are now in junior high and high school come up to me and still recite the song! Hope this helps!
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READING AROUND THE WORLDS… --- To move from country to country you had to read so many pages. Every time you read that certain number you got to put your name in the raffle box. It was a school wide program. At the end of the year or how ever long she did it, they would have the raffle drawings. She made it so that parents could read to children or children could read the books to themselves. After they had to fill out a reading log to say what the book was about. For those that the parents read the book she would have the students tell her what it was about.
I remember loving the program. That is when I really got hooked on reading.
I couldn't read in fourth grade or well I was probably reading at a first or second grade level. The summer between fourth and fifth grade I really started reading. I wanted to be one of the first to make it around the world the next yr. By seventh grade I was reading at an eleventh grade level…
http://www.lcms.org/pages/internal.asp?NavID=9522 stamps for each country.
http://www.sacredheartschoolsuffern....n/Reading.html this web site has reading logs for each month
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http://www.teridanielsbooks.com/FeetAcross.htm
Post a picture of "Person of the week" someone from history, current events, politics, etc.. and give some clues about that person. Students name the person and write a couple sentences about the person, or what their significance is.
****And Scholastic's books of history plays are pretty good, too. I did a Columbus play and one about the White House when the British burned it.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_less...es/state.shtml they have a mystery state activity. For each state there are 5 clues and the kids research and try to guess the state. Last year I gave one clue a day and the kids tried to guess the state before they got all 5 clues.
Social Studies www.thesocialstudiescompany.com. They sell lesson booklets based for Grades 5-6 with lots of fun activities. There are programs on American history and world history. They also have entire programs on other regions like Latin America
Row, row, row your boat
Gently through the oceans
Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic
Oceans are so deep!

I think the Southern ocean has been added, so I guess you would have to adapt it.
Social Study web sites.
http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00000272.shtml

http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/edhist.htm#revwar

http://www.mandygregory.com/SocialSt...ionary%20 War
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Thank you very much for your replies. They are some great ideas


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Old 07-30-2007, 04:06 AM
 
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I have one on my site under "For Teachers" "Teacher Downloads".

I used it last year and my kids LOVED it.

We also made this really cool book... I'll try my best to explain it- it's a much better visual.

To go with the book "Me on the Map"

You'll need 6 pieces of construction paper per student.

Do this with the pages orientated horizontally- (hot dog way?)

The bottom page: A picture of your kiddo in their house.
The 5th page: A picture of your state.
The 4th page: A picture of our country.
The 3rd page: A picture of our continent.
The 2nd page: A picture of the earth.
The 1st page: Title "Me on the map".

When all of these pages have been finished, lay them on top of one another. Now, bind the left and right sides together. Then you'll have a book that you can't open. Now make a cut down the middle of the 1st page, 2nd page, 3rd page, 4th page, and 5th page...

Now you have a book where the earth zooms into our continent... that zooms into our country... that zooms into your state... that zooms into your kiddo at their house.

My sweethearts loved this project!


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Hi Christina-
I went to your amazing website to see this lesson, but didn't see it under teacher downloads (I did get other things, thanks!) Anyhow, can you repost that on your site, or post it here. I would love to see it. Thanks so much!
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