Monday, March 19, 2012

Me On the Map

Our firsties recently read the book Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. They always love this story. Last year, I had a really hard time conveying the concept of living on our planet, hemisphere, continent, country, state, and town all at the same time. I always got the "that just blew my mind" look. 

This year we took it slow. We used concentric circles and started with the largest circle and began talking about our planet. 

The next day we reviewed the details about our planet and added a slightly smaller circle and discussed our continent. We also sang our continent song. LOVE it! 
 We then cut out a smaller circle and drew our country. {For some it was easier than others!}
Then a smaller circle for our state. 

Our town was the next circle followed by a circle for ourselves! 
I love first grade self portraits. 

  Using clothes pins to keep their art together for the week was a life saver. I always try to collect then sort everyday but with a project with this many pieces I needed another idea. So I wrote their names with Sharpie on the clothespin and then had them clip everything together for "safe" keeping all week.


  1. This is great. My kids will love it next month :) Thanks for the great photos. I'm a visual learner :)
    New Adventures in First Grade

  2. I also am a visual learner! I saw this same idea but done with measuring cups.
    I know the students liked this activity because they could draw and keep adding circles to their maps.
    Have fun! :)