The Places We Go!
Social Studies/Art Activity
Children will become more familiar with their school and develop a greater
understanding of the many different activities that go on at school by tracking
their movements within school over a day.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Large white poster board or roll paper
- Colored push pins
WHAT TO DO
- With children, draw a large map of the school. You can determine the level of detail you want to obtain as the children work on the map. However, you should include and label the places in the school that the children frequent, such as the cafeteria, gym, auditorium, art room, playground, office, etc.
- When the map is finished, display it on a bulletin board and go over it with the children. Then explain that you are going to use push pins to keep track of all the places in the school that the class goes.
- After each trip outside the classroom by an individual or group of children,
take a moment to mark the destination on the map. At the end of the day, review
the day by pointing to each push pin and asking a volunteer to tell what happened
at that location. Discuss with children why they go to different places within
the school, what they learn, and the kind of fun they have at each location.
- Using different colored push pins for each day, track the movements of your
class over a week. Then discuss which days were the busiest "travel" days and why.
- Use different colored push pins to track the movements of another kindergarten class. At the end of the day, compare the travel patterns of the two classes. Discuss similarities and differences.
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