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Learning About My World Unit: The Continents

written by: Willa • edited by: Laurie Patsalides • updated: 10/30/2014

This is part of a series of lessons in the Learning About My World unit for kindergarten through third grade, studying the continents. Maps and globes will be introduced, as well as activities and stories read about the continents.

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    Circle Time: All About the Continents

    Show a world map and globe and point out the seven continents: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Globe Australia. An interactive activity to help the children remember the names of the continents is to sing this song to the tune of "My Darling, Clementine".

    "There is Africa, South America, North America is where we live.

    Europe, Asia and Australia...Antarctica where penguins live."

    Since children love to sing and clap, this activity teaches social development and elements of movement, such as rhythm in the "The Continental Clap" with ideas found in the Core Knowledge Sequence program. This reinforces the names of the continents with another drill type song.

    "The continents are seven lands. We'll say them as we clap our hands.", where the elephants, giraffes, and lions live.

    (As you call out the continents, the children will clap to the syllables of each .)

    Associate something found on each continent that will help the child remember its location on the map or globe. Africa, is where the elephants, giraffes and lions live there. South America has tropical forests and one of the the longest rivers in the world, the Amazon River. North America is where we live. Europe and Asia is together on the map, but Australia is an island where the kangaroo and koala bear live. Antarctica is way down below, frozen and home to the penguins.

    Read the book, North American: True Books, Continents, by David Petersen.

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    When teaching the Learning About My World Unit: The Continents, gather the children in a circle and toss an inflatable globe ball. As each child catches the "globe", he or she will say the name of one continent.

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    Suggested Books

    North America: True Books, Continents by David Petersen

    The Seven Continents by Wil Mara

    Welcome to North America! by April Pulley Sayre

Learning About My World

This geography unit consists of a series of lesson plans adaptable for kindergarten through 3rd grade, focusing on the town, state, country, continent and planet.
  1. Learning About My Town: Lesson Plan for K-3
  2. Learning About My World Unit: My State
  3. Learning About My World: My Country, America
  4. Learning About My World Unit: The Continents
  5. Learning About My World Unit: The Planet Earth