Your students have awoken on an deserted island. How are they going to survive? Food, shelter, water, who knows? This project based learning activity asks students to problem solve and world-build, unlike anything they've done before. It brings together
Maybe do a scaled down version of this for first grade. A fun way to teach my daughter's grade class the Art of Cartography (maps). I'm going to have them create a map of their private island using their first initial as the island's shape.
Making map and buildings - use houses and signs from other posts. This would be a good project for peer tutoring activity - would have to span several sessions and could use it for teaching between growth spurts.
US Geography Activity for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade! Create a super cute 7 page "Me on the Map" ~ map skills ~ geography book. This helps teach some of the most basic "must know" geography!