Land Ho!! Mapping Fun

Thursday, October 4, 2012
We had SO much fun today friends!  We started our unit on mapping/my place in this world.  To get them excited about it we always do a little experiment/predicting activity.  I ask the kids, " Do you think there is more land or water on earth?"  The first activity we did was from my mapping unit and it turned out so to be so fun.  My kids really enjoyed it.
mapping unit, hands on mapping idea

Before we started the lesson we discussed what a prediction was and made one about the earth/globe.  Do you think there is more land or water on earth?  They wrote what they thought on the line.  Then we sat on the rug and let the fun begin.
mapping ideas

Here is the graph we started to work on.  I called the kids up and they each took a turn spinning the globe with their eyes closed.  Next they put out their finger to see what it landed on when the globe stopped spinning.  Of course the kiddos that predicted water were cheering for anyone that landed on water and the ones that predicted land were sure to cheer for the times their finger ended up on land.

mapping experiment with globes

How precious is this little one?!?

hands on mapping activity

mapping fun
And the spinning continues...

mapping fun

Of course I'm coloring in the graph as they are spinning...

and the winner is...

Water of course...but {we} already knew that. :o)

Then we went back to our desks and we discussed how it's okay to be wrong about a prediction --- scientists make wrong predicitions all the time...and we circled thumbs up or thumbs down whether our prediction was correct or not.  Then we drew and colored a globe and wrote a fact that we learned.

This is the first year I created the unit to go with it and I have to say this was a fun way to introduce mapping.

mapping unit, mapping skills

If you are interested in this fun, engaging pack you can grab it here.

What fun things are you guys up to in your classrooms?


  1. That's a great way to start the unit. Thanks for the idea!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Hi Vicky! I promised to stop by and visit your blog since you so sweetly visited me! WOW! I super-love your map unit on TPT! We use the Harcourt reading series and "Me on the Map" usually peeks up in January! this will be a perfect fit!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  3. We just finished "Me on the Map" and will tie Columbus into it today. Looks like a great unit:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  4. What a fun way to introduce map skills! I am always looking for new ways to get kids excited about mapping. Thanks for sharing!!

    Surfin' Through Second

  5. Cute activity for mapping. Thanks for sharing & the pictures. :-)

  6. What a fun way to start a unit. We'll be doing this in January.
    Loved the pictures!