Me on the Map

Following a discussion about maps, scholars enjoy a read-aloud of the story, Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. The tale sets the stage for participants to draft a map of their home and bedroom with proper detail and labels. Peers share their finished products. Class members explore a variety of maps of the world, country, specific states, and cities, then create a map of their neighborhood. A whole-class discussion brings a reflective end to the lesson.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Make a list of items found around the house, encourage pupils to reference the list while they draw their map to assist with writing labels
  • Allow early finishers to draw a map of the school and classroom 
  • Plan to conduct this lesson after pupils learn about maps, review vocabulary and map parts as part of the introduction 
Classroom Considerations
  • An example map should be drawn before the lesson 
  • Although the duration states two hours, the lesson is designed to be completed over two days
Pros
  • Comes with links to several additional resources to extend the learning experience 
  • Making a map of their home and local neighborhood adds a personal touch to the topic 
  • Ideas for differentiation and extension are provided 
Cons
  • None
Common Core