Introduce students to the world map, having them familiarize themselves with and subsequently identify geographic land masses that include continents, countries, islands, oceans… Make world map hand-outs. Laminate these geography tools for interactive use. As you discuss specific countries of study, have students highlight them, tracing them with wipe-off markers.
(Post the introduction of geographic terms coupled with background information contained herein, have students chart and trace navigational routes taken by specific cultures to reach each locale. Additionally, consider collaborating with your school's Art Instructor to have your students create a full-scale map reflective of the journey. Made of clay mounted on a poster board backing, the map serves as a 3-D representation for each targeted country. The map 3-D map creation can also serve as an in-class project.)