Today, I let them look off of another map. Obviously, today's looked better.
I want my students to start off the year being able to reference various places in the world - at least the continents and oceans. If they can draw the world, they'll be able to do this. And we can build off it.
Of course, everything is more complicated than it seems - even something as simple as continents and oceans. We watched a video today discussing that. If you have a chance, check it out:
Students can get extra credit if they read and discuss the blog with an adult. To prove that they were here today, find a scrap of paper and have them draw a map of the world from memory. (Do not allow them to take more than 2 minutes on this.) When they're done, sign the map. (Feel free to try it yourself. It's tough.)
Turn in the paper tomorrow. Make sure your name, date and hour are on it.