Every year I do a project to help make sure my students know some key geography related to our home state. We need to be able to name the states and bodies of water that border us . . . our capital city and a few other key cities . . . our 3 main rivers . . . and our one really big lake. We also make a key and a compass rose to add to it (all review, I might add).
To kick it off today, I asked the students what they remembered about our mapping unit earlier this year. I see a few weak hand raises but not much else–so I decide to help out a little bit. “What can you tell me about the globe and the continents and oceans?” A few students had a few things to say, but I could tell things weren’t going well.
I pulled up a map of North America on the Smartboard and traced the border of the United States. I blatantly asked, “This is our country and we call it . . .”
Once we finished putting on all our key elements, it was time to color. We discussed how we wouldn’t want to use blue for states–that we should reserve that for water. Again, we talked about QUALITY!