Getting to School: A Geography Lesson
Students will be able to use position words to describe locations on a map.
- 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 maps and 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 key to find certain locations on a map. For example, bridges all might look a certain way on the map, this helps us to find bridges.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Read aloud the book Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney and illustrated by Annette Cable.
- Pause as you read to clarify or explain map terminology as needed.
Guided Practice(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.
Independent working time(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.
- 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.
Review and closing(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.