Saturday, January 19, 2013

Me On the Map

In Social Studies, we are studying globes and maps.  Second graders, cute things that they are, have no concept of the world.  And rightfully so.  Most of my students haven't been out of our small state.  It is hard for them to grasp how big our planet, continent, country, state, town, etc are.  It's a huge concept!  Last year, I found an awesome idea from:

Clutter-Free Classroom

The product is:

It was actually the first thing I ever bought on Teachers Pay Teachers!

We started by reading Me On the Map by Joan Sweeney.  It's a very basic, simple book that helps students understand their place in the world.

Then the students create a flip book with words and pictures based on their planet, continent, country, state, town, street and ending with a picture of themselves.

They turned out really great!

Then they draw a picture of themselves standing on the Earth.

And the finished products!

Sorry for the awful picture {the sun was really bright and I didn't feel like pulling down the shades}.  I think my students now have a better grasp on the difference between a continent and a country, etc.


  1. Me on the Map is one of my favorite activities! Yours turned out great!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. We are doing our Me on the Map activity this week. I have that same book and LOVE it!

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons

  3. Hi Sarah,
    This is a fun one for sure. I posted a fun idea that we do for me on the map...
    maybe you can try it for next year. Have a great long weekend.

  4. Thanks for sharing the book, It's not one that I have heard of in the UK but it looks really cool. I also really like the response activity to the book, it looks really engaging and creative- I think children would really enjoy it. I have one year left until I graduate and I would use this with one of my classes as I really enjoy teaching geography.

    I hope you can give me some feedback on my first blog,
    Best Wishes

    Ben :)


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