Where in the World Cups

Year after year I am always so surprised by the number of students who cross my path without knowing exactly where they live in the world. “What is the name of your continent?” “Ummmm, the U.S.A.?” “In which country do you live?” “I know! I know! Pennsylvania!”


Really, knowing all the layers of this place we call home is a very abstract concept. It can be challenging for many children to visualize how our place in the world is inside another place, which is inside another place, which is inside another place, and so on.

One year, I searched high and low for a set of seven nesting boxes that would fit one inside the other. I was determined to make a visual that would help my students remember something that I consider to be an essential concept. The nesting boxes were really hard to find. I thought and thought about other objects that nest inside each other and then it hit me. Cups! That would be an easy {and inexpensive} solution!

Now, my students know exactly where they live in the world. We zoom all the way out to the Milky Way Galaxy and then work our way back in to our planet, continent, country, state, and town. Finally, students are required to memorize their home address.

I would like to share a set of editable cup labels with you so that we can all rest easy knowing that our students will be able find their way home from outer space. 🙂 Be sure to download the file and then open it in Powerpoint for easy editing. Just click to edit each label as needed. Then print and make copies for your students to cut and paste onto some cups. I bought my cups at the dollar store.

If you teach a whole unit on geography like I do, here is another tool you might like to check out. I ditched my old geography worksheets a few years ago and replaced them with this lapbook. You seriously couldn’t pay me enough to go back to those boring old worksheets. Now my students actually enjoy learning about geography!

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  1. Amber
    October 14, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing!! These will be a wonderful addition to my "Me on the Map" unit that I'm doing with my 1st graders. What font did you use for your labels? I'm trying to edit it to add our state (Texas) and would love to have the words match if possible. Thank you again for your wonderful work!

    • Amber
      October 14, 2016 / 11:02 pm

      I think I found it – KG Corner of the Sky. Thanks again!

  2. Chrissie Rissmiller
    October 17, 2016 / 12:41 am

    Hi Amber! I'm so glad that these worked for your unit! I love that book! The font that I used for the name of the state is actually KG Behind These Hazel Eyes. You were close! I bet that the other font looked nice too! 🙂

  3. Kim Oldenburgh
    November 26, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    Brilliant! I love this idea. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Workout
    July 21, 2018 / 11:24 pm

    Love It. My theme is the 7 Continents.

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