Students will be able to…
Locate the United States on a globe.
Piece together a map of the United States.
Estimate the distance from Ohio to other
Identify major geological formations and
Decide, as a group, the most efficient route
to travel between states.
• Inflatable globe • U.S. floor map
• Magazines • 8x10 U.S. maps
• Scissors • Teacher addition of
• Glue geological formations
• Large Construction and state parks
Paper • Notebook paper
• State templates • Pencils
Maps On Us: A Map, Route and Yellow Pages
Social Studies Planet - The Social Studies Web
Fun Social Studies
50states.com - States and Capitals
Free Blank Outline Maps of the Countries and
Continents of the World
•United States Collage
Have students stand in a circle.
Toss in an inflatable globe, making sure it
When students catch the globe, they must
locate the United States.
Continue until all students have had a turn.
Note: If you have more then one globe,
make more than one circle to shorten time.
United States Collage
•Provide each student with a magazine, scissors, a
pencil, glue and a piece of construction paper
•Each group should have set of state templates.
•Have the students find random pictures to cut out
•Once all the states shapes are cut out, the students
need to piece together a map of the United States.
•Glue the map to the construction paper and
oGather students around floor map of the United
oAsk, “Where is Ohio?” and have one student
oHave students take turns leaping from Ohio to
specific states. Make sure students count leaps.
oAsk follow up questions about the relationships
of distances between states. (farther, closer,
Give each student an 8x10 map of the
Have them label the state parks and
geological formations we talk about in class
on these maps.
Make sure they keep these on hand for the
Ratgroups of four or five.
Have students get in
Each group receives a secret state.
Challenge each group to find their way back to
Ohio, citing how they will travel, what states they
will go through, and any geological formations or
state parks they will pass on the way.
Have them estimate the distance and length of
time their travels will take.
Groups will report their decisions to the class.
Please get into a
circle at the front of
United States Collage
• Find pictures from the magazines at
• Using the state stencils, trace the state
onto the picture and cut it out. Do this
for all 50 states.
• After you have cut out the 50 states,
glue them in the correct position to
form the U.S. map on your construction
On the maps in front of you label these
• Smokey • Washington D.C.
Mountains • Disney World
• Rocky Mountains • Alamo
• Yellow Stone
• Mount Rushmore
• Grand Canyon • Death Valley
• Great Salt Lake • New York City
• The five Great • Dayton, Ohio
YOU CAN USE ANY RESOURCES YOU NEED.
• Your group will be given a secret
location in the United States.
• Your job is to find your way to Dayton,
• You must identify all important places
that you will pass along your way.
• You must also estimate the length of
time and distance that your group will
travel and what transportation you
• You can use all the resources needed.
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