Continents – size and population graphs

This pathfinder was created to help students in grades 3-5 research the size and populations of the worlds 7 continents. The math goal for this project is to great several graphs showing the different continent sizes and their populations. The resources below will help the students to find the information needed to be successful in the creation of these graphs as well as understanding how the continents formed and how they are continually evolving in both size and population.

Iowa Core Curriculum Essential Concepts and Skills

  • Content Standard 1: Students can comprehend what they read in a variety of literary and informational texts.

  • Content Standard 1: Students can understand and apply skills used in scientific inquiry.

  • Content Standard 1: Students can understand and apply a variety of math concepts.
  • Content Standard 4: Students can interpret data presented in a variety of ways.

· Represent and analyze data using tallies, pictographs, tables, line plots, bar graphs, circle graphs, and line graphs

· Describe the distribution of the data using mean, median, and mode or range

· Propose and justify conclusions and predictions based on data

21st Century Skills
  • Demonstrate initiative, creativity, self direction, and entrepreneurial thinking to produce successful outcomes.
  • Demonstrate productivity and accountability by producing quality work
  • Use technology recourses to create original products, identify patterns and problems, make predictions and propose solutions
  • Use technological resources to develop and refine questions for investigation
  • Apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

Social Studies

· Understand the use of geographical tools to locate and analyze information about people, places, and environments.

  • Understand the effects of geographic factors on historical events

Search Terms

1. continents
2. South America
3. Earth
4. Antarctica
5. world
6. Australia
7. land boarders
8. Africa.
9. land forms
10. scientists
11. maps
12. moving plates
13. plate tectonics
14. geography
15. 200 million years ago
16. Continent 
17. Europe
18. Continent*
19. Asia
20. Continent* and population 
21. North America
22. “Continent* and population” (or) continent* AND population

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420 Dictionaries
910 Explorers and Atlases
940-990 Countries and Continents

Reference Materials Needed

Scholastic Children’s Encyclopedia (Scolastic, 2004) 1v. pathfinder4.jpg
Try this encyclopedia to start your search. Scholastic Children’s Encyclopedia has great illustrations to help you understand what you will be looking for.
YR 031S

Grolier Student Encyclopedia (Grolier, 2004) 17v.
This is another encyclopedia that will give you great information about the continents and their populations. Use the search words that are listed above.
YR 031G

World Book Online / World Book Kids
Try several different search terms into this site to see what you get for the results. Try several different words together. The way you enter the words will change the results you get.

American Heritage Children’s Dictionary (Houghton-Mifflin, 2007;2009) 1v. old_books.jpg
This dictionary is going to give you statistics on the continents and their populations. It is very easy to use.
YR 423A

Word Central (Merriam- Webster)
Go to word central to find facts on continents and populations.

Merriam-Webster’s Primary Dictionary (Merriam-Webster, 2005) 1v.
This dictionary will answer many questions that you may have about your subject of continents. You can use this to find the facts that you will need to start making your graphs.
YR 423D

Newsmakers (Gale, 2009;2011) pathfinder15.jpg
Newsmakers will help you to find information on people who have differing views on the formation of the continents and how the plate tectonics played a part in the sizes and formations of the land masses.
REF CT 120.C663

Atlas of the World (National Geographic, 2005) 1v. atlas.jpg
Check out this atlas for information on the size of the continents for your graphs.
REF G1021.N38

National Geographic World Atlas for Young Explorers (National Geographic, 2007) 1v.
This atlas give a great wealth of information on the size of the continents in both the population and geographical sizes.
YR 912N

Facts for Learning (weekly subscription) magazine.jpg
The web site listed above will give you information on the continents as well as the populations and people.

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Searchasaurus will give you plenty of options to search your topic. You can do a term search or look at the pictures and see if that gives you any information.

Marshall Cavendish Digital
Use the category search: Geography and World Cultures then try the Title Searches to see what you can find.

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The Continents, Wil Mara, Scholastic Books, 2005
910.914 Mar

The ABCs of continents, Bobbie Kalman, Crabtree, 2009
910.914 Kal

Poetry about the Continents poem.jpg

Librarian pathfinder11.jpg
Ask me, Mrs. Vilez your teacher librarian I am happy to help and point you in the right direction!

Source #4
World Fact Book (CIA) Online
Use this website to find some great facts to help you in your research.

Source #5
Goode's World Atlas (Rand McNally, 2005)
YR 912 G
This Atlas will guide you in the size and populations of the continents.

Newspaper Article
POPULATION The world's population is [...] Mail on Sunday, 1/24/2010
This article describes what the world population is.



A growing **//world//**. U.S. News & WorldReport, 8/29/94-9/5/94, Vol. 117 Issue 9, p12, 1/9p; Reading Level (Lexile): **1090**; (AN 9408247501
This article also talks about the size of the populations.