It takes students time to learn geographic locations
around the world. Just one exposure to a location does not guarantee that a
student will remember it forever. Familiarity, with
a globe and maps allows students to visualize and keep locations in mind.
- Give the students the World and United States
placemats. Make sure students recognize that the U.S. map is an enlarged
portion of the world placemat.
Have the students locate different geographic
locations. As you name each location, say a little about the area. As
the students find each location, have them put a "bingo chip"
on the area. If you have students from another country, locate those
Here are some examples:
- Find Egypt. This is the area where the
Egyptians made pyramids from large rocks many, many years ago.
- Find Hawaii. This is a state of the United
States. It is found in the Pacific Ocean.
- Find Mexico. This country is located in the
southern portion of North America.
- Have the students color the worksheet. Have them
locate South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Atlantic and Indian
Oceans on the world placemat.
You may want to tell students that most maps are
made such that the North direction is always up and South is always
down. East would then be on the right and West would be on the left. The
North direction is often indicated by a labeled arrow somewhere on the