In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about geography, continents, and oceans. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Continents and Oceans topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Continents and Oceans
Hold a travel fair for the class. Allow each student to choose a country of interest and prepare a report and presentation. Encourage children to be creative: they may want to bring in a specific food that comes from the country, draw pictures of traditional clothing, play or sing music that comes from an area in their country, or share a craft that originates there. Are there any famous artists or inventors from their country who they can learn about? You may want to invite family members and friends to the travel fair and learn about the world! As students present, have them mark their countries on a world map or globe and share the continents each country is on and the bordering oceans. Do students notice similarities in the culture, climate, or landscape of countries within the same continent? How are they alike and different?
Hottest, Coldest, Windiest, Driest
What is the hottest place on the planet? What is the coldest? What is the wettest or driest? What’s the windiest city in the world? Challenge your students with different questions and record their predictions. Then have pairs find the answers through researching at the library or on the Internet, and sharing their findings with the class. Encourage children to think of their own question and research it for homework. Can they stump their classmates the following day?
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Continents and Oceans
Seven Weeks, Seven Continents
Challenge your child to learn about seven continents in seven weeks. Each week focus on one continent and learn about its countries, landforms, bodies of water, and cultures. You and your child can also cook a meal that is typical fare for your continent. Challenge your child to learn seven words in a language that is commonly spoken on the continent using free online dictionaries. For example, for North America, your child may want to learn seven words in the Cherokee language. For South America, your child may want to learn seven words in Spanish or Portuguese. For Antarctica, since there are no indigenous languages, your child can learn seven new words that pertain to the continent. Share what she or he has learned with other family members.
How do people explore Antarctica? What is gained through such exploration? Research together find out. Learn about early explorers like James Cook and Ernest Shackleton. They went through grueling journeys to explore this remote and harsh part of the world. Would your child like to explore a new area? Why or why not?