September 11, 2012

Our Place in the World


I saw the idea for our location nesting boxes on First Grade to the Core, but I hadn't thought much more about it until I saw some nesting rubbermaid containers with pretty rainbow colored lids at Walmart.


They were perfect for this activity, and although my kids are not in first grade, I think they should know where they live.  I had 7 boxes, so for ours I made one for our planet, our continent, our country, our state, our county, our city, and our house.


I also put a picture leading to the next box inside each box. Inside the one with the earth I placed a labeled picture of all the continents.

Outside
Inside
 Inside the one with North America I put a labeled picture of the countries.

Outside

Inside
In the United States one I put a picture labeled with the states.

Outside

Inside
And so on until I got to our house.  In the box of our house I put our address and phone number. I laminated all the inside pictures and covered the outside pictures with packing tape.  Hopefully they won't be torn up too easily.  And they all nest together to demonstrate how one is inside another (and for easy storage).



The girls know where we live to the city level, but they frequently mix up words like country, state, and city.  I am hoping with some work this will help clarify things for them, and they will learn their address too!



30 comments:

  1. Now that is a fabulous idea! My kids are having the hardest time figuring out how we are in our state, as well as our county. haha And I LOVE those containers. Thanks so much for linking up to Tip toe thru Tuesday. I hope we see you next week.

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  2. What a fun hands on idea for learning their location in the world! I have pinned this onto my geography board. Thank you for linking up this week to my Enchanted Thursdays Blog Hop!

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  3. This is such a fun, clever idea for teaching about expanding horizons! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

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  4. I love the way you did this!! I used to teach 1st grade and this concept is so hard and abstract for young learners. I used to do something similar with stacking cups, but I love how you took it a step further with the pictures for inside and outside the containers! Brilliant. I will have to remember this for my boys! Thanks for sharing! Visiting you from Show and Share Sat.
    Trina
    http://teachingmyblessings.blogspot.com/

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  5. Oh wow these are incredible! I can see so many possibilities with this idea. I'm going to have to try something similar with my boys. Thank you for sharing with The Sunday Showcase!

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    1. Thank you! I am pretty happy with how they turned out. I definitely think the concept could be applied to several things. Thanks for hosting!

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  6. very cool idea to explain where you are! Love it!

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  7. What a great idea!! I love it!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  8. Love this idea! Nice twist on the Me on the Map activities out there! Well done, mama!!

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    1. Thanks! I really need to find this book "Me on the Map" everyone is talking about! Sounds like a good one!

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  9. I love this idea. I teach first grade and I know this will make a difference. My 6th grader is helping me and she is excited because it helps her SEE the differencs. Where did you find your pictures and about what size works best? Thanks for sharing.
    I already have the tubs so I'm ready to put it into action!!!!

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    1. I just grabbed the images off a google image search. I gauged the picture size based on the tub size, so they get smaller along with the tubs. My largest picture is about 4 inches by 4 inches and my smallest is about 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches. I hope they turn out great for you!

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  10. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Charlotte

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  11. Awesome idea! This would help students above 1st grade too! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Not sure how I missed this comment, but thanks so much for visiting!

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  12. I love this! I'm a homeschooling mom. This will be perfect for teaching my kindergartener and 3rd grader. I have looked and am having trouble finding seven nesting containers with lids. Where did you find yours?

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    1. I just found mine at Walmart! It wasn't too long ago, so they may still have them. Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Thanks for this idea, I may use it to teach time, if you don't mind.

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    1. If you use it I would appreciate you referencing this site as the source. Thank you!

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  14. I just bought these at walmart!!!!! So excited to make them!! Thanks for sharing such a brilliant teaching strategy!!!!!!

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    1. Glad you can still find them! They are so fun and colorful for this project! Hope your kids love it!

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  15. Could you possibly email me the pictures files you used? I'd like to use this with my 4th graders and I just purchased the same exact tubs you did! This is such a wonderful idea!

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    1. I'm afraid I didn't keep them. I just did a Google Image search though, so I would try that!

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