Yes, I did have a big pet peeve when I taught fourth and fifth grade — lack of basic world geography knowledge. In fact, it irritated me so much if my students didn’t know the 7 continents and 5 oceans that I wouldn’t let them go out to recess until they got 100% on a quiz. They could take it as many times as they wanted but as far as I was concerned, there was no excuse for not knowing that information, spelled correctly with capital letters, by fifth grade!
So when my kids were little, I found the best game to reinforce world geography — the full-body, interactive Map Tangle, it’s one of our favorite games. One hand on the Caribbean Sea and a foot on Japan makes my kids stretch both their minds and bodies. UPDATE: About 100 Map Tangle games were recalled in 2004 and currently it’s not available. However, I’ll give you some similar games for alternatives.
Alternative Game: World Treasure Hunt Map – Floor Vinyl Mat
We don’t play by the rules, we’ve made our own!
Alternative Game: DIY World Map on a floor cloth.
JJ is stretched out to her max on a pile of cards.
Alternative Game: World Map Interlocking World Map Puzzle
Alternative: DIY Montessori World Map – Felt
What do you think? Would this help your kids learn world geography?