Objectives: 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 states. Identify major geological formations and state parks. Decide, as a group, the most efficient route to travel between states. Materials Needed • 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 Service http://www.mapsonus.com/ Social Studies Planet - The Social Studies Web Guide http://www.socialstudiesplanet.com/ Fun Social Studies http://www.funsocialstudies.com/ 50states.com - States and Capitals http://www.50states.com/ Free Blank Outline Maps of the Countries and Continents of the World http://geography.about.com/library/blank/blxin dex.htm Student Activities •Globe Trotters •United States Collage •Map Hop •Major Stuff •Rat Race Activity #1 Globe Trotters Have students stand in a circle. Toss in an inflatable globe, making sure it flips. 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. Activity #2 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 state shapes. •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 display! Activity #3 Map Hop oGather students around floor map of the United States. oAsk, “Where is Ohio?” and have one student stand there. 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, longer, etc.) Activity #4 Major Stuff Give each student an 8x10 map of the United States. 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 next activity. Activity #5 Race 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 the room. United States Collage • Find pictures from the magazines at your table. • 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 paper. Major Stuff On the maps in front of you label these places: • Smokey • Washington D.C. Mountains • Disney World • Rocky Mountains • Alamo • Yellow Stone • Mount Rushmore National Park • Grand Canyon • Death Valley • Great Salt Lake • New York City • The five Great • Dayton, Ohio Lakes YOU CAN USE ANY RESOURCES YOU NEED. RAT RACE • Your group will be given a secret location in the United States. • Your job is to find your way to Dayton, Ohio. • 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 used. • You can use all the resources needed. Hint: You might want to take a look at Major Stuff.
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