One day I had the kids create their own continent. I have a list of things that their continent MUST have (isthmus, peninsula, plateau, moraine - that was a great one to look up in the dictionary, etc.) and they drew it on paper. When they were all done, we did a paper mache model of their continent, using the same layered cardboard idea. My kids had so much fun making these maps! One day they spent their art time, map time, and most of their free time working on their continents. They also wrote a short story about their continent. (I only rarely come up with my own creative writing ideas). My oldest son wrote about the lost continent of Atlantis. The younger son wrote his story about a lone survivor of an airplane crash (like the book Walkabout). Really great stories. They were had so much fun they didn't want to stop! It was a nice break from our usual map and timeline routine.
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