Geography Centers

Every grade level practices geography skills in one form or fashion. Our second graders are learning continents and some vocabulary such as cardinal directions, compass rose, keys, etc.

In planning meetings I offered to throw together some stations just to get students out of their rooms and applying the content in a different setting. Using the library resources of atlases is a plus as well. I talked with students about how we ‘read’ maps and globes, not because they have words on them, but because we get information from them. It’s the same as being able to ‘read’ people.

I put together 7 stations and have ideas for a few more that I did not include.

Station 1: Use maps and globes to locate Australia, Antarctica, and Africa. Write the name of each continent on the map. Color the map if you have time.

Station 2: Use maps and globes to locate Europe and Asia. Write the name of each continent on the map. Color the map if you have time.

Station 3: Use maps and globes to locate North America and South America. Write the name of each continent on the map. Color the map if you have time.

Station 4: Play the Continent Game at the computer stations. Practice labeling each continent.

Station 5: Play the Cardinal Directions Game. Read each card. Move your piece on the game board. Your partner checks your answer.

Station 6: Use the large globe and question cards. Read each question. Try to answer each question using the globe.

Station 7: Use the large wall map and question cards. Read each question. Try to answer each question using the map.

Stations I could include:

Reading Station: Explore the atlases. Read about a continent. What is one animal that lives on that continent. (Simple questions like that).

Ocean Station: Use maps and globes to locate the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (Indian, Arctic). Write the name of each ocean on the map.

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