January 25, 2018
By Jasmine Gibson

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Getting to School: A Geography Lesson

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Students will be able to use position words to describe locations on a map.

(5 minutes)
  • Display several maps either on the whiteboard or floor (if students are sitting in a circle) for students to view.
  • Ask students if they know what the maps are called.
  • Explain that these are called MapsAnd that a map is a drawing or representation of where things are located in relation to other things. Maps are used to help us find things.
  • Point to the map key and explain that we use something called a Map keyTo find certain locations on a map. For example, bridges all might look a certain way on the map, this helps us to find bridges.
(10 minutes)
  • Read aloud the book Me on the MapBy Joan Sweeney and illustrated by Annette Cable.
  • Pause as you read to clarify or explain map terminology as needed.
(5 minutes)
  • Display the Map to School worksheet to the class and go over the directions with the class.
  • Model creating a map of your journey to school.
  • Ask students to think about the different things that they see on their way to school in the morning.
(20 minutes)
  • Pass out a copy of the Map to School worksheet for each student to complete independently.
  • Encourage students to include lots of details on their maps.
  • Support:Gather a small group of students together to work at one table. Support the students as needed to complete their maps.

  • Enrichment:For students who complete the worksheet early, pass out the Reading a Map worksheet for them to complete.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect student maps to assess whether they were able to create an accurate representation of their route to school.
  • Informally assess student understanding by asking the students to describe positions of locations on the map using position words.
(5 minutes)
  • Review the uses of a map with students by asking students to pair-share with a partner when they might use a map to help them find a location.
  • Close the lesson by displaying the student maps in the classroom for all students to examine.

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