5 Things We Think Our Students Know But They Don't #1: The Difference Between Continents, Countries & States
The first of the top 5 things middle schooler's don't know for Social Studies that I wish they did is the difference between a continent, a country and a state. Every year, when we do our review of basic geography, someone invariably says, "Wait, Australia is a continent? I thought it was a country."
"Oh, so then North America's a country?"
"But we're called Americans."
Every. Single. Year.
It's almost like it's a rite of passage one year of students passes down to the next every August or something.
So, how can this gap be quickly filled? The first link below is for a FREE presentation using Google Slides that will teach your students the difference between continents, countries and states in a quick and fun way that even includes a game! The second link is for a set of three posters you can print and display in your classroom as visual reminders for your students throughout the year. These two FREE resources are only available here, so if you know any other teachers who would benefit from them, please encourage them to visit and follow my blog, and don't forget to visit and follow my TpT store for lots of great Social Studies products!
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