We pulled out a few maps of Japan, United States, and of all the continents in the world.
First we looked on the map for the word , “Japan” . Next we found the United States. In between the two countries we saw lots of BLUE! We asked the students, “What is all the blue?” They yelled back, “WATER!”
- Take a boat
- Go on an airplane!
We took turns writing the words Japan and United States so we could remember and see how far they were from each other.
Some children crossed through many countries, while some crossed through a few. One thing was agreed: A plane was the fastest way to reach our destination!
Next we all took turns estimating how many miles we thought it takes to reach Japan from the United States.
Our numbers ranged from 3 miles to 180 Miles!
After finding out the new information we wanted to create our own maps showing the two countries and how we would get there!
This thread in our project has help us to assess the children’s knowledge of the concept of distance. We are doing different activities in the room to help the children understand distance, and helping them better understand measurement.