What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a half court-sized map of a continent or a classroom-sized state map on which they can explore, travel around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun? DCS is so lucky to have our own map that is available for check-out one week at a time. The map is mostly free the remainder of this school year, so if you would like to reserve just email Sedley to check for availability.
Although the lesson ideas are for K-5, a number of our middle schools hosted the map this year as well. We are also looking to include high schools in the rotation next year if requested. Sue and Libby are pros at using the giant map, so they are excellent resources for lesson ideas at all grade levels!
Recently, Tina Heitman hosted the Giant Map at Davis-Townsend. She and digital learning coach, Libby Ferrell, collaborated on lessons for grades K-5. Tina kindly shared her lessons for this blog post. Supplementary materials are available in this Google Drive folder:
K-1 (20 minutes) Letterland
M=Mountains, C=Charlotte, P=Piedmont, A=Asheboro, O=Ocean, S=Salisbury, L=Lexington,
B=Boone, G= Greensboro, K=Kitty Hawk, W=Winston-Salem, R=Raleigh
2nd (20 minutes) Compass Rose, Map Symbols 2.G.1.1, 2.G.1.2
Introduce students to the cardinal directions on the compass rose, map legend with symbols, and ask them to notice the size of the text. Why are some cities spelled with smaller/larger text? This is based on the population of the city!
Each partner group will complete one of the below challenges:
3rd (20 minutes) Relative/Absolute Locations: Introduce the map by having students to walk its perimeter.
4th Grade (1 hour) NC Role in Major Conflicts and Wars (Revolutionary & Civil Wars)
5th Grade (30 minutes) GooseChase
GooseChase game link- https://gsch.se/game/703adc3470b74139b02bf5d17630ddd1/share/
For more questions about these lessons, please email Tina Heitman at tinaheitman@dav...
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