Where on Earth?

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Learners look at labels on items in the room to determine where each item was manufactured, then write about the item on an index card. Learners then use string to connect the index card to the place on a world map showing where in the world it was manufactured. This is an excellent activity to teach geography, global interdependence, and also data representation. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Bug Blaster game after they've completed several activities.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • A map of the world
  • Index cards
  • String
  • Stuff to draw with
  • Tape or pushpins


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Manufacturing
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • All rights reserved, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation