To review the physical characteristics of the United States, my students make 3-D clay maps. Make sure to have them start out by gluing an outline of the United States to the piece of construction paper.
Our geography unit falls around Halloween every year, so my students make Pumpkin Globes!
2 rubber bands
blue paint
cut out of each continent
green permanent marker
red permanent marker
paint brush

Your students will...
 -Glue each continent where it belongs
-Place on one rubber band around the pumpkin to symbolize the equator
-Place the other rubber band around the pumpkin to symbolize the prime meridian
- Paint the entire pumpkin blue
-Let it dry overnight
-Peel off each paper continent shape to reveal each continent (still pumpkin orange) and color all continents green with the permanent marker
-Take off both rubber bands and trace the orange lines that remain with the red permanent marker
My students love this project! It can be a little messy, but it's totally worth it!


  1. I have a question- what kind of paint do you use for painting the pumpkins.

  2. Where did you get your continent cut outs for the pumkins?


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