Continent & Ocean Culminating Activity
Use with 2nd-5th graders to learn or review continents, oceans & hemispheres
Common Core Standard for 3rd Grade 3.G.1.2 Locate the seven continents, four oceans and major physical features & regions of the United States on a map or globe
After a few days of hands on activities using maps, placing cut outs of continents on a map and discussing some of the cultural and geographical differences of the seven continents, use the following activity to culminate the standard.
Materials to prepare in advance:
1) Trace the circles (globes) with a 12 inch diameter on blue tag board and draw in the equator exactly in the middle to match on both sides (trust me—it’s worth your time)
2) Punch a hole at the top where the North Pole would go to give students a sense of direction and to tie string to if hanging when finished
3) Copy the continents (including the separate North America) on brown construction paper
4) Copy the ocean labels for kids to cut out and glue to the globe
1) Depending on the age of students, you may want to do this over two days—cutting out all the continents first and gluing the next day.
2) Model how to lay out each hemisphere. I make students check with a teacher before they glue. Use the equator as their guide!
3) Go on to opposite hemisphere
4) Finally, cut, lay out and glue the oceans
5) Loop string through the hole at the North Pole if you want to hang them around the room.
We keep these up throughout the year and refer to them often. I’ve had former students come back and see them hanging and tell me that they still have their globe hanging in their room at home!