Swap 'Til You Drop- A Product Swap Giveaway!

Are you ready to swap 'til you drop? A few of my blogging buddies and I joined together to bring you some blog hopping fun this week! Eight sets of partners paired up to review some incredible products to share with you. Sit back, relax and Swap 'Til You Drop from the comfort of your home. 

I was super excited when I was paired up to swap products with my sweet blogging friend, Aris, from Sailing Into Second. She is a very talented woman with some very creative ideas to share. I chose to review her Maps, Continents and Communities Unit.
I am not sure about any of you out there, but my kids have the HARDEST time understanding the concept of states, countries, and continents. I don't know why, but it completely shocks me every year when I teach it to them. I have to say that this unit was GREAT to help me break that cycle with my students. Hallelujah! Thank you, Aris!

We started the unit by going over key vocabulary terms. The packet comes with vocabulary cards and definitions. There are also directions to play a vocabulary matching game, which my kids loved! It really helped them to remember the terms and how to use them. 

We also discussed and reviewed "big ideas" about maps and wrote our ideas out. We brainstormed together as a class. Then, the kids wrote their own sentences. 

The packet also addresses the continents and oceans. We created this world map together. I had kids come up to the board and show where each place was located. Then the kids labeled their map by gluing the names in the correct spot. After our world maps were labeled, I used another blank map as an assessment. Aris, has included directions on how to color each of the continents. I gave the directions orally. For example, I said, "color the continent of Africa red". This was a great quick assessment and instantly showed me who understood what we had learned. 

After learning about the continents, we headed into our neighborhood and learned about the compass rose and using directions and a map key. We worked together to complete this activity, also included in the pack.

I also just introduced the concept of urban, suburban, and rural areas. I used these anchor charts as a visual understanding for my students. We will be using the writing pages included in the pack, next week to check for their understanding.

This packet has it all. If you need any resources to teach the different aspects of map skils, this is the packet for you! Look no further!

Make sure to head on over to Sailing Into Second, and check out Aris's review of my 3rd Grade Math Interactive Notebook. This packet covers all the grade level standards with activities and example pictures to help guide instruction and review. One lucky winner will get to receive a copy of their grade level choice!!!

Now, here are the details for the giveaways!

1. Start anywhere on the map below.
2. Stop by each blog and read about the products swapped between each set of bloggers.
3. Enter to win the resources that are featured by each blog pair. Each pair of bloggers has the same raffle, so you only have to enter on one of the two blogs.While you are at each blog, if you are not already a follower, sign on to follow!
4. The raffles are open until midnight March 15th.

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  1. Thanks for offering such great products in the giveaway!!! I have had the interactive notebook on my wish list for a while now!! Keeping my fingers crossed!!

  2. You are the perfect swap partner, Jaime! :) I love that you go to use my Maps Unit and it helped with teaching that tricky concept! Your Interactive Notebooks were a BLAST to use! LOVED THEM! :) Hugs!!