Flashback Friday

I am joining up with Amanda at Teaching Maddeness for Flashback Friday!

This week my grade 4's started their unit on the physical regions of Canada. I modified this great launching activity from the Hands on Social Studies resource.

This activity could be used to intro a unit on regions, landforms, natural resources or trading partners.

Here are the materials you need to start: containers to collect tokens, tokens and tape.

Next tape your class off into regions. I made the playground the Arctic Lowlands which was perfect since it was so cold this week! I taped the class off and labeled the baskets and sorted the tokens Wedensday after school. Each group has different colour tokens.

When the came to school on Thursday this is what they saw.

We looked at a map with the real regions marked on our Brightlinks board. Then we labelled our classroom regions - going as close to the same way as they are split in real life. We talked about with natural resources each classroom region had - garbage cans, books, lego, recycle bin, computer, carpet area, lunches!! Each group was given their basket and colour tokens.

They had to work together to give each person an equal amount of starting tokens (that's right - we had to do math). It was fun watching them using strategies to try and get the tokens even - and what to do if there was one or two extra!!

Then the fun begins - each time they needed to use a resource (clipboard, carpet, book, Brightlinks board) they had to put a token in that regions basket. It is free to walk through a region. I had tokens from my region that I kept in my pocket and paid each time I used a resource in a different region. We also had a basket of tokens at the door for any visitors that came in and had to use a resource (this was the Arctic Lowlands basket). Students had to pay the Arctic Lowlands to use the playground at recess.

At the end of the day we revisit the baskets. The students had to work independently and as a group to answer the following.

We put our work up on our Brightlinks projector.
We loved this activity so much we did it for two days!

Here is a little physical regions wordsearch I made up (Canadian and American) to use for early finishers in this unit!

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  1. How interactive! I bet your students loved this : )

    Tales From a Traveling Teacher

    1. They are loving it - just need to keep their enthusiasm up for the rest of the unit!

  2. This sounds like SO MUCH FUN! I wish we lived in Canada!

    Thanks for sharing!

    The Frizz

    The Frizz in First Grade

  3. This is such a cool idea!! I wish I still taught 3rd so I could do this with them with the regions of Georgia they have to learn!! I'll have to think of how I could use this in 4th- it just looks too fun!! :) I'm your newest follower by the way :)
    ideas by jivey

  4. Thanks, I hope you can find a way to use the activity - let me know!

  5. What a fun activity!! My brain is working trying to figure out how I could incorporate something similar to my regions unit! :)

    Teaching Maddeness


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