In science, we have been studying systems that we see on our planet. After creating our circle map books and exploring Google Earth, we were pretty easily able to know and identify the 7 continents. In first grade, students are expected to name the 7 continents and know their location. We watched this video as a way to introduce the continents as well as help us remember their names. It’s kind of silly, but it’s fun and the kids seemed to enjoy it 🙂 To practice finding the location of the continents, we explored our large map here in the classroom and completed our own map by painting paper plates, coloring the 7 continents, and gluing them in the general location that we would find them on a map. The last step — labeling the oceans! First grade students are not expected to know the Southern Ocean, but some students wanted to add it as a little bonus 🙂
After watching a BrainPopJr. video on Landforms, we began to explore different systems we see within each continent. To begin, we talked about the 6 landforms that first graders must know — mountain, valley, plateau, desert, plain, and coast. Each child illustrated a picture and we learned some of the unique traits of each — like how a mountain has a peak, and a plateau has a flat top. We created a Landform dictionary, with definitions and pictures for each type of landform that we are learning about. Check out Charlie’s below….pretty awesome!
Then things got a little more hands-on. Each child had to create a plate that could hold all 6 of the landforms. The first step was to paint — it was important to remember that some of our landforms are in the desert, we need water for others, etc. It took a little planning! Here are some kids getting their plates prepared…
This is one of my favorite projects that we do, and our class did not disappoint me — all of the landform plates look amazing!