Title of Unit: All About Maps! Lesson Plan #_1_ out of _5_ Title of Lesson: Map Skills
Summary of the Lesson Plan
This lesson is designed for students to learn and understand the use of maps. They will learnthat maps are created from looking from above a place and drawing it out and understandingtitle of a map, map keys, and a compass rose.
Me on the Map
by Joan Sweeney
will be used to introduce maps and how we use them.
At Grade Level
Whole Group discussion, small group activity, Individual assessment
Compare uses of maps and globes.
Construct a simple map including a title, symbols, and directions from a bird's eye view.
Recognize different types of special maps, i.e., neighborhood, school, and classroom.
As a warm-up, ask students what they may think a map is. (Responses may be a treasuremap, maps we use on road trips, maps we use to see the United States, etc.)
Discuss what a bird’s-eye view with the students. Explain to them when we are up in the skylooking down, we see things. Then we are able to draw a map showing where things andplaces are.
Next, have all students collect 5 small objects in the classroom and place them on the floor.Have them look down on the objects and draw pictures of how they look from straightoverhead. Have students pair and share, then discuss as a class.
Read the story,
Me on the Map
and discuss what we read.
After the story, show the students a map of the United States. Begin telling them there is atitle on top, a map key, and a compass rose. Define the three terms to the students and keepthem available on the board so students can review if need being.6)Assigned 4 students into a group to have 5 groups of 4.
EDEL 453 – Spring 2012 Karen Powell- Instructor Submitted by Joslyn Bomgaars