There's something that seems inherently fun about writing on desks. I don't know if it's because it's generally forbidden, or because dry-erase markers are so much more fun to work with than pencils, but we wrote on the desks themselves today.
I projected this map onto the SmartBoard:
They had to draw it on their desks.
When they were done, they added the Equator and Prime Meridian. Then they also added 180° E/W without looking it up. ...Then they added 90°W and 90°E without looking.
We didn't spend a TON of time on it, but the students did a good job:
We took a test over the continents and oceans really early - before we'd studied them. Students are required to retake that test until they get a 12/12. If they haven't earned that score yet, they should make sure to see me about retaking the test.
I should add that we also read a little bit of The Hunger Games today. I keep finding more and more that ties in with this class.
If students read and discussed the blog, they should have the adult they read and discussed it with draw a map of the world. They aren't allowed to take more than 2 minutes. If students can get the adult to do this, and they both sign the paper, students will earn 5 extra credit points. Just make sure you turn in the paper tomorrow. (Put it in the extra credit tray. ...Make sure your name is on it.)