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Me on the Map

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Me on the Map
by Joan Sweeney
Grades 2-4

design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Math
Social Studies
Science
Language Arts
Related Arts
Related Books
The Little House (Burton 2009)
Robin's Room (Brown 2002)
North, South, East and West (Fowler 1993)
In My Town (Schuh 2006)
In My Country (Adamson 2006)
floor puzzle of the state, country, continent, or world. Resource - 1
Have the students make a circle map. The first circle is a picture that they draw of "our school" then the next circle is slightly bigger and is labeled as "our street", and each circle continues to get bigger and the subject continues to increase as well with the labels as following: "our city", "our state", "our country", "Our Continent", and then lastly "Our planet". Resource - 4
Have students get into groups. And give each group a different country that is in different time zones. Have the students find the country on a map with the different time zones and color the picture. When everyone is finished have them line up in order to create a time zone time line. Resource - 1
Sing the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. Resource - 6
Present a reader's theater where each child plays a different state and discusses the importance of each state. This can be presented in front of another class or on a parent's night. Resource - 6
Get large cardboard letters of "e", "s", "w", and "n" and have students make a picture collage using pictures they printed off or from a magazine of places in the state or world that are relative to the cardinal direction. Then place the letters on the correct wall of the classroom that is north, east, south and west. Resource - 2
Find the longitude and Latitude coordinates for their school, state capital, and United States Capital. Resource - 1
Pull up google maps on the SmartBoard or projector and zoom into where the school is located at, then zoom out to the city it is in, then to the state the city is in, then the country, continent, and the world. Resource -1
Create a charity drive with 4 metal cans. On one can have a picture of the world, one has a picture of continent, one has a picture of the U.S. and the last one has a picture of their state. Then discuss charities with the students and create a penny charity that each can will go to helping a charity that serves the world, continent, U.S. and state. Resource - 1, 9
Create a state resource mini booklet that tells what is in the region of the U.S. that they are from. Each page will have a sentence about a resource that the region produces and they will draw a picture of it under the sentence. The pages will include the capital, rivers, agriculture, natural resources, state nickname, tourist spots, and an acrostic poem about that state or region. Resource - 10
Give students a simple city map with a scale on the bottom and a ruler. Let the students use the scale to determine how far away points already picked out on the map are from each other by using the scale and ruler. Resource - 1, 6
Separate the class into groups and have one group measure the class by using their feet, one group uses their body, one group uses a ruler, and another group uses their notebooks. Come back and discuss as a class the perimeter. of the class or more advanced the area of the class. Resource - 1, 6
Have the students time how long it takes them to get to school in the morning. Then discuss as a class and create a bar graph to display the results. Resource - 6
Separate the class into groups and give each group a pencil and a large sheet of white paper. Have one child from each group lay down on the paper while the others trace him or her on the paper. Pass out rulers and have the groups measure the height/length of the drawn child. Resource - 1
Create a group classroom bar graph of who is in the classroom by measuring things like how many boys and how many girls, how many different hair colors, how many different eye colors, ect. Resource - 7
Have the students dissect (an already sliced) sample of their state fruit Resource - 1
Bring in a sampling of the rocks located in their state and write down their observations about each rock. Resource - 1
Have the students create an "Outdoor Observation Journal" where students keep a journal and write an entry in it each day. They would need to go out into their backyard or yard by their house and write about what they see. I.E. the trees leaves are turning colors, the flowers are blooming, a bird is sitting on her nest, ect. This would continue for a week, a month, or even the rest of the school year depending on the class. Resource - 6
Take the students on a field trip to a nearby nature center. Resource - 1
At the beginning part of the day do a weather observation and have pictures to go with each forecast and place today's forecast on the board. Resource - 6
Each student will develop a story about how their house is special. Resource - 1
Connect with another class in with either a different state or country and have a pen pal system back and forth to learn about where they live. Resource - 6
Bring in recipes from different countries and food samples, considering allergies. Resource - 1
Create a WebQuest for students to learn about the continent they live on. Resource - 1, 6
Each student writes their own "Me On the Map" story. Resource - 6
Resources
1. Berdena Beamer

2. Carrots Are Orange http://carrotsareorange.com/teach-children-cardinal-direction-personal/comment-page-1/

3. Elementary and Middle School Social Studies by Pamela J. Farris

4. Finally In First Blog http://finallyinfirst.blogspot.com/2011/02/me-on-map.html

5. J. Meacham http://www.jmeacham.com/docs/science.socialstudies/maps/me.on.the.map.unit.pdf

6. Jill Stephenson

7. Kids Zone: Learning With NCES http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx?ID=1bdc08ee689443ada3cb6220e2516cf0

8. Me On the Map by Joan Sweeney

9. Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/

10. Teachers Pay Teachers http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Southeast-Region-Mini-Book-Acitivities-Printable-Worksheets-229341


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