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In social studies, we are studying maps and world geography. We will have a test soon on world continents and oceans (Thursday, October 29th).
Students will be expected to take a world map without words and label the 7 continents and 4 oceans. They should be able to spell each correctly, including capital letters. The labels should, of course, be placed in the correct locations on the map! Students will also be asked to locate and label Abbotsford on the same map. Two different practice maps can be seen above; just enlarge on your screen. You can also print a blank map – WorldMap.
If a student can identify and label these eleven places on a map, they will be invited to try for extra credit in an additional activity. This additional task will only be for children who already meet expectations, as listed above. In this activity, students will be given names of land forms (examples: mountain range or desert) and countries, and will be asked to identify on which continent each is located. (Please note: If a child cannot identify the continents and oceans in the first activity (paragraph one), they cannot exceed expectations; therefore, he or she will not be working on this extra activity.
The main focus in studying must be to ensure a child first knows the 7 continents and 4 oceans, and can label a map correctly, marked on placement and spelling.
You can download a printable practice map here: WorldMap.
Next: We will learn about children around the world, living on different continents. Then we will study the history of place names – how different places get named. For example, it is thought that Abbotsford is named after Henry Abbott, who was the superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Other people think that it was named after the home of a famous writer in England, Sir Walter Scott. Another example is the name Matsqui. It is an aboriginal word that means a section of ground that is higher than the surrounding area.