I love teaching about the continents and oceans. It’s pretty easy to teach, students catch on super fast, and the lessons are engaging and fun! It is great to teach at the beginning of the school year before easing into harder content. I have stockpiled so many fun ideas over the years that I decided to create this unit.
Learn the Continents and Oceans with Songs
Songs are a great way to help your students remember any content. I use these songs to teach students the names of the continents and oceans. They are super engaging and are guaranteed to work. The only downside is the songs get stuck in your head, and you and your students will be singing them all day long!
Continents and Oceans Fact Book
I want my students to know more about the continents and oceans than just their names and location, so I wrote a fact book that includes important information about each one. The fact book includes a page about each continent and ocean along with a map identifying its location. Students color each page as it’s read.
Informative videos are a great way to engage students with learning. I like to start lessons with videos to build background knowledge or to introduce a topic. Students should watch informative videos with a purpose in mind. A viewing guide to accompany videos is included.
Practice the Continents and Oceans with Games
What better way to engage your students while learning about the continents and oceans than with games? The games are perfect for learning centers, partner work, or group activities!
“Around the World” Board Game
Continents and Oceans Puzzles
Continents and Oceans Match Game
The most important skill when teaching about the continents and oceans is for students to actually identify places on a map. This unit includes both a color and black and white map, two different coloring maps, and a continents and oceans quiz.
Research the Continents and Oceans
Have students take ownership of their learning by providing opportunities for student choice whenever possible. Students practice their research and writing skills with the ‘I wonder…” pages.
Write about the Continents and Oceans
Cross-curricular activities are great to merge learning whenever possible. The continents and oceans are taught during social studies, but these writing pages can be added in during the language block. They would also be perfect to use in a writing center.
Projects are fun, engaging, and provide the opportunity for students to learn from each other. Choice boards are a great way to differentiate learning projects for all students. Students choose a project idea that appeals to their interests and strengths. A grading rubric is included.
Task Cards are an engaging way to review what students have learned. They can be used as a whole group SCOOT game, learning center activity, or individual activity.
Boom Cards about the Continents and Oceans
BOOM™ cards are a fun way to review the continents and oceans. If you don’t know about Boom™ cards, check out this blog post here.
I would love to hear about your engaging continents and oceans lesson activities!