During our geography unit, third graders learned about representations of real places using maps and globes. While learning the terminology, students applied their new knowledge in several fun activities. They enjoyed making pirate treasure maps, using Google Earth to find familiar places and examine famous landmarks, and creating globes with pumpkins. These activities naturally incorporated elements from math and language by using coordinates and writing extensions. They learned so much through memorable, hands-on, interactive participation, and they had fun every step of the way!