Lesson plan

Mapping My World

Give students an opportunity to show what they know! In this lesson, students will review key terms and construct a map of a familiar place. Whether it’s school or home, or a make believe place, students will enjoy mapping their world.
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Students will be able to construct a map of a familiar place and identify the characteristics of a map.

(5 minutes)
  • Show students the front cover to Me on the Map.
  • Ask students to share a prediction of what they believe the story will be about.
  • After student predictions, ask the class to make personal connections to the text as you read the story aloud.
(10 minutes)
  • Read Me on the Map aloud.
  • During the read aloud, ask students to share any personal connections they have made so far.
  • After the read aloud, display a map of your city and show where your school is. Give students an opportunity to ask questions and share connections.
  • Next, display your state map, and show students where your city is located. Continue with the U.S. map, showing where your state is located in relation to others. Students should recognize how small their world is, as maps show their city decreasing in size.
  • Once all maps are displayed. Show students a KWL chart about maps. Ask students to observe each map, and to share information they have learned about them. For instance, they could've learned that a compass rose gives directions, a map key, or legend, identifies the symbols, symbols are drawings representing places on a map, and a title tells us what the map is about.
  • Record what students know about maps in the first column. Record what they would like to learn in the middle column.
  • Tell students that you will return to the L column at the end of the lesson, as this column will show what new things they learned.
  • Keep the KWL chart displayed for future use.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students they will have an opportunity to construct their own map. Show students the handout titled Map of My…
  • Making reference to the handout, remind students that maps have titles. Tell them that they will have to decide what they will construct the map on.
  • Tell students that they can construct a map on anything they wish, such as their school, room, home, treehouse, or city.
  • Continue reviewing the handout with them, as you show them the unfinished compass rose and legend. Tell students they must have these map tools completed on their map.
  • Show students a completed map to review student expectations.
(25 minutes)
  • For each student, pass out the handout titled, Map of My…
  • Review work expectations with the class as students begin constructing their maps.
  • Monitor students while they are working, and assist students who need extra support.
  • Enrichment: For students who need an extra challenge, ask them to include an alpha-numeric grid on their map.
  • Support: For students needing support, have them complete their maps in a smaller group setting with teacher support.
(5 minutes)
  • To check for understanding, monitor the classroom as students are constructing their maps.
  • Check the correctness of student maps after completion.
(10 minutes)
  • At the end of the lesson, allow students to share their maps with their peers.
  • Ask students to share what they learned in today’s lesson by completing the L column on the KWL chart.
  • Assign the Find Your Way Around a Map! worksheet as a way to practice what they have learned for homework.

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