Students create their own fantasy island.
Here is a great activity to accmpany your study of great explorers.
Latitiude and Longitude
A great hands-on, concrete activity.
How to Remember Lines of Longitude and Latitude
A great verbal lesson.
A creative mapping idea using a paper pizza!
Students use a balloon to apply their new skills. When we work on learning equator, prime meridian, continents, oceans I give each child a plain balloon. Then they have to use a permanent marker to draw in the equator, prime meridian, continents and oceans. It helps them to really see locations of continents and their relationships to other continents. I also make them label all of it of course. They can use the book when doing this initially but without the book for a type of assessment.
This is a great hands-on activity that gives students the chance to plan their own adventure while also learning and applying geography skills.
U.S. Mapping With Salt Dough
A great project with a great recipe.