Guided Lessons

# Getting to School: A Geography Lesson

Where in the world do you live? Use this fun geography and math lesson to find out! Students will love creating their very own world map as they learn all about the seven continents.

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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 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.
(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.
(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.