Me on a Map?
Are your students able to locate their place in the world? Can they demonstrate a basic understanding of world geography?
From knowing their address to identifying the planets, kids need this important foundation for future global learning experiences.
Download our free interactive Flip Book, and continue reading to learn how we use it and to find supporting resources.
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Me on a Map Introduction
We start introducing the “me on a map” concept at the beginning of the year using a variety of picture books.
Starting in their home, and then zooming out with a bird’s eye-view to their city, state, country, continent, and planet students begin to understand just how small our own slice of the world is.
Me on a Map Flip Book
Next, students complete their Me on a Map Flip Book to record their own place in the world. Starting with the concrete (their home) and moving to the abstract (space), students create a helpful reference tool they can use all year long.
Directions: Print, cut & staple across the top!
Me on a Map Additional Resources
After students complete a section of the flip book with their own information, we dive deeper into each topic through additional books and activities. (Suggestions below. Be sure to Pin It! for later!)
For example, we compare different types of homes from around the world, learn interesting facts about global cities and U.S. states, discover the diversity of countries and continents, and explore the characteristics of Earth and other planets.
We like to leave resources accessible to the students – encouraging individual and small group investigations.
- If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
- Homes Around the World (DK Readers Level 1)
- Homes in Many Cultures
- Houses and Homes (Around the World Series)
✪ Read/Listen/Watch Homes of the World – TIME for Kids
✪ Construct models of different homes using materials around the room or a building set like K’NEX.
- City Atlas: Travel the World with 30 City Maps
- My Little Cities board book series
- City Trails books, including Paris, Singapore, London, and New York
- City Shapes
✪ Click here for a quick refresher on the difference between towns and cities.
✪ Compare the town or city you live in with a global city you read about. How are they similar? What makes them different?
- My First Atlas of the 50 States
- Passport to America: Your A to Z Tour of the States
- Weird But True! USA
- The United States Activity and Fact Book
- Countries of the World: Our World in Pictures
- The Travel Book: A journey through every country in the world
- Exploring Countries: Blastoff! Readers, Level 5 (69 titles)
- Living in… Around the World Collection (Italy, Brazil, China, Mexico, India, South Africa)
✪ Explore countries on our website, and give the challenges a try!
✪ Learn about more countries with National Geographic Kids.
- Continents: What You Need to Know
- A True Book: The Seven Continents
- The Seven Continents
- Barefoot Books World Atlas Sticker Book
- My First Book of Planets: All About the Solar System for Kids
- Space: For Kids Who Really Love Space
- Everything Space: Blast Off for a Universe of Photos, Facts & Fun
- Our Solar System: An Exploration of Planets, Moons, Asteroids and Other Mysteries of Space
✪ Explore the planets on the NASA Science website. Click the “More” tab at the bottom of the page to get an overview and interesting facts. So much good stuff to discover!
✪ Create a Solar System coloring book with these NASA Coloring Pages.