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Lesser Antilles Map Games

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

If you're looking for some games to help your students with their map skills, consider using these engaging map games to teach students about the islands located in the Lesser Antilles.

Dots on a Map

When most students look at a world map, the Lesser Antilles might seem like a bunch of dots on the map. Students may not be aware that these small islands are home to people from different cultures, as well as popular vacation spots. By examining maps of the Lesser Antilles, students can identify the many islands that often get passed over when examining the world map as a whole.

Interactive map games about the Lesser Antilles can make learning more enjoyable and memorable. Let's look at some map games to help students learn about the Lesser Antilles.

Which Group?

Have students identify islands belonging to each of the three main island groups of the Lesser Antilles using this kinesthetic hula hoop game.

Materials

  • Map of the Lesser Antilles
  • Sandwich bags
  • Dry beans
  • Duct tape
  • Index cards
  • Permanent marker
  • Hula hoops

Preparation

Prior to the game, fill sandwich bags with dry beans and seal the openings with duct tape to create bean bags. Use a permanent marker to label each bean bag with the name of one of the islands in the Lesser Antilles. Create sets of index cards that are labeled Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Leeward Antilles. Attach one index card to each hula hoop to create multiple sets of hula hoops labeled with the names of the three island groups.

Directions

  1. Show students a map of the Lesser Antilles. Tell the class that it may be easier to remember the locations of the islands if they learn the islands in groups based on location.
  2. Identify the islands found in the Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Leeward Antilles.
  3. Divide the class into teams, and provide each team with island bean bags and three of the hula hoops labeled with the island groups.
  4. Teams will place the three hoops on the floor and stand approximately five feet away from them. Students on each team will take turns taking an island bean bag and throwing it into the hoop labeled with the correct island group. For example, students would throw the bean bag labeled 'Barbados' into the Windward Islands hoop.
  5. If a student throws a bean bag and it doesn't make it into the hoop, the student should get it and throw it again.
  6. The first team to throw all of their bean bags into the correct hoops wins.

Discussion Questions

  • If you could visit any one of the island in the Lesser Antilles, which one would it be and why?
  • Which were the hardest islands to categorize for your team?

Mystery Island

Engage students in a team game to guess the mystery island based on clues about its location.

Materials

  • List of clues
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Dry-erase boards
  • Maps of the Lesser Antilles

Preparation

Prior to the game, create a list of clues about the location of various islands in the Lesser Antilles. For example, a clue for the island of St. Lucia could be: This island is directly south of Martinique.

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