Here is how I listed our observations as we shared them in a whole-class discussion:This map shows...
the whole world (flattened out -- it isn't a globe)!
countries and continents (boundaries)
cities and states and national capitals
landforms (grasses, deserts, mountain ranges, ice and snowy ground); higher and lower grounds (valleys and hills) -- this map even showed some particular peaks (like Mt. Everest)
waterways (like rivers), and large bodies of water (oceans, rivers, lakes, seas, gulfs, and bays); shallower / deeper places in the water
Our geography lesson concluded with an interactive read-aloud of the book How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz.
How did you learn geography? Which map would you prefer to hang in your home? What about to hang one in our classroom? What do maps show us, and why might we use one?