Nicholas made a map of Japan. We found a good map on the internet and printed it in color. Nicholas taped the map to the table and then taped a piece of tracing paper over it. He traced the outline of Japan onto the tracing paper.
Then he used one of our library books about Japan to label the four main islands, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, and the waters around Japan.
Next he colored the islands and retraced his original drawing with a Sharpie marker to help the lines stand out.
Nicholas really enjoyed this project. The addition of tracing paper to map making made it more fun for him because we haven't made maps like this before. I think we'll add tracing to our work more often!