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Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography

Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography
Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography
Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography
Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography
Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography
Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography
Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography
Continent Twister - A STEM / STEAM Twist on Mapping and Geography
Product Description
Mapping and Geography! Continent Twister is a fun way to encourage students to delve into geography and map skills. A twist on STEM / STEAM fun!

Do you want a fun way to challenge your students to think creatively using a real world problem? Continent Twister does just that!

★Graphing and Measurement to make and read maps

★Engineering solutions to real world problems

★Problem Solving and Cooperative Group Work

This project has it all!

This product directly correlates with the elements of a good STEAM project, 21st Century Skills, Next Generation Science Standards, and Project Based Learning. It’s all here, in one fun, interactive activity.

In this product you will find…

→The project broken down into 7 stages, designed to be easy to follow.

→Teacher’s Notes: These are my thoughts and hard earned lessons from doing this project over the years. You won’t have to reinvent the wheel

I have included map dimensions, distances between longitude lines and latitude lines, tips for building collaboration skills, my suggestions, ideas and so on.

→Video Instructions for teachers on using the video tools

→A video lesson on map skills - Use this with your entire class, for students that missed class when you taught it, to flip your classroom, or as a learning reinforcer to differentiate your instruction

→Maps that will help you to teach and show the various concepts including an online video map

→Formative assessment to check for understanding prior to moving on to the map making. This link takes you to Google slides - you can make a copy and have your students complete this assessment online using text boxes. You could also print this and have your students complete it as a pencil and paper assessment

→A link to student handout pages, so you have them all in one easy location

→Pictures of some of my students’ work, so you can see what it might look like

→A checklist for students to use, and a rubric for teachers to grade with

Feedback & Followers And what are users saying about this product?

♦What a great way to make children think!!!!

♦This is such a simple, fun activity! I started out the year with my 5th graders completing this in groups. They loved it...especially when they were allowed to remove their shoes and play continental twister in their socks at the end. Thank you for sharing.

♦Using this with my 7th graders right now. They are having a great time creating this game.

♦Cannot wait to use this! I teach high school, and this will be my review/icebreaker next week!

♦Love it! Will be using with a group of 3rd-5th graders. I think this will be fun and a great group learning experience!

Next Generation Science Standards:
SS.3.A.1.3 Define terms related to the social sciences.
SS.3.G.1.1 Use thematic maps, tables, charts, graphs, and photos to analyze geographic information.
SS.3.G.1.2 Review basic map elements (coordinate grid, cardinal and intermediate directions, title, compass rose, scale, key/legend with symbols) .
SS.3.G.1.3 Label the continents and oceans on a world map.
SS.3.G.1.4 Name and identify the purpose of maps (physical, political, elevation, population).
SS.3.G.1.5 Compare maps and globes to develop an understanding of the concept of distortion.
SS.3.G.1.6 Use maps to identify different types of scale to measure distances between two places.

National Geography Standards:
Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
Understand how to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context.
Understand how to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface.
Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.Common Core Standards Addressed:

Common Core Standards:
4th and 5th Grades:
Chronological & Spatial Thinking
4. Students use map and globe skills to determine the absolute locations of places and interpret information available through a map's or globe's legend, scale, and symbolic representations.

6th Grade:
Chronological & Spatial Thinking
3. Students use a variety of maps and documents to identify physical and cultural features of neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries and to explain the historical migration of people, expansion and disintegration of empires, and the growth of economic systems.

Grades 6 thru 8:
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
7. Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas:
5. Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.

Shari Bithell

Total Pages
50 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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