Map It Out!
Social Studies Activity
In this activity, students will make a class map that shows the
routes students take when they travel from home to school.
WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
- Roll paper or butcher paper
- An easy to read map of your town or city
- Colored markers and crayons
- Explain to the class that for homework they will be making a large
map that shows the route they travel from home to school. These
routes can be walking or bus routes, whichever students prefer.
- Before students begin their maps, suggest that they bring a small
notebook and a pencil with them on their next walk or bus trip from
home to school. Encourage them to jot down the names of important
streets along the way and to add landmarks such as parks, stores,
and fire and police stations. Have students keep in mind that their
maps should be simple. Too much detail might be confusing.
- After completing the map, have students mark the route from
home to school with a colored line, add a compass rose to show
directions, and draw a map key that shows what any symbols mean.
- Before bringing the map to school, have each student show it to a
friend or relative and ask them to describe the route out loud. An
example might be "Go west when you leave your house. Walk a block
past the park, etc." Students might find out at this step that they
may have to make some modifications.
- When all the maps are complete, have students use their
individual maps along with a town or city map to create one large
class map that shows each student's route from home to school.
Remind students to include a compass rose and a map key. Display
the map on a bulletin board and use it to teach map skills. Students
will have more fun practicing this skill when they recognize places
on the map.
- Have students create other maps that show routes that extend
beyond the town or city where they live.
- Students may wish to create a 3D map of the route from their
home to school.
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