Thanks to Tracy Varner for sharing her successes with the Giant Map of North Carolina in this blog post! If you have additional ideas for map lessons, please be sure to share below or submit your own blog post.
A GIANT map has taken over the media center at Reeds Elementary!! If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the National Geographic GIANT North Carolina map, you don’t know what you’re missing!! The students absolutely love it, and it gives them an awesome opportunity for hands-on learning.
It’s been great having the map for an entire week this year, since Davidson County purchased our very own map to travel from school to school in our district. I’ve been able to individualize instruction for each grade level, and really focus on including Common Core Standards for those grade levels.
In fourth grade, it was easy to choose a great topic, since many of their standards include topics about North Carolina. We are in the midst of starting our eWise research on North Carolina Native Americans, so I decided to take advantage of the giant map, and have them locate where each tribe settled. We had already had our “Wonder” session, and this was one of the things they wondered--where the tribes had lived (or still live) in North Carolina. The Giant Map lesson enabled them to “Investigate”.
Our fourth grade classes are very large, so I divided them into three groups. Using stations for each group, I had some who were doing research on laptops, recording information they discovered about where these tribes settled in North Carolina. Another group used laptops and headphones to view a 10 minute video about Native American tribes of North Carolina, which was provided by the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. They took notes as they watched. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCexDy_9FfE) The third group actively located these tribes on the Giant Map.
We will continue investigating next week, however, the National Geographic Giant North Carolina map was a great way to interactively investigate. I just wish we had had more time! It flew by, and we could have probably used another whole day to do everything!
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