One night as I was logged into Pinterest, it has become so addicting, I saw this amazing activity that went right along with our story. You can find the directions at My Place in the World Project. I did not have the maps printed out because I thought it would be cute to see how the kids would draw the state, country, etc. We did one circle at a time, I had the students label, color, and then cut out the circle. When we got to our town, I had the kids draw something that they liked or something that reminds them of the town. As we got to the state, country, etc. I put a picture of each thing on the Promethean Board so they could see it as they drew it. Let me say, their pictures were pretty hilarious. I really believe that the kids had a better understanding of how big the world is after we did this project! Click HERE for the circles to run on construction paper.
We also discussed how to use a map and the compass rose. The kids really enjoyed seeing a big map of the United States and practicing their directional skills. I would point to a state that touched Illinois and asked what direction the state was. Next I let the kids pick a state, point to it, and ask what state was north, east, south, or west of it.
Here are some pics...
-Katie and Sarah