Peek Into My Classroom… Map Skills

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Map Skills

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Welcome! While introducing map skills and geography, I couldn’t believe the basic map skills my students were lacking. Our social studies text is too vague, and the story Me on the Map wasn’t enough. So, I had the idea to put together a differentiated “Where in the World Am I?” booklet.

 http://peasinapodlessons.com/peek-into-my-classroom/To get started, I photocopy & cut a class set. I only pass out one page. I collect it when they are finished, so the paper stays wrinkle free. We focus on one lesson each Friday, and review the concept throughout the week. I start with Earth and the globe, then the continents, country, state, city, and finally my address. I laminate the pages and have a parent cut & collate. Then, I bind them. They are beautiful on their desks during open house. Best of all, the kids LOVE creating their books!

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I have 2 versions that allow me to differentiate. For lower level students, I use a guideline font with dotted words to trace. Higher level students write the same sentences from the board but are only provided with blank guidelines.

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This page reads, “Our country is the United States of America. It has 50 states. The leader is called the President.”

 

In my sample, I colored each tab using a ruler. For the class set, I plan on putting a different colored sticker dot (or colored star) next to the title of each page before laminating them. Another option would be to copy each page on a different light colored piece of construction paper and forgo laminating altogether. Below is a picture of my students reading a great companion book for the unit!

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I hope this post gave you some great ideas & inspires your next map skills lesson. If you’d like to use these black lines they are available at my TPT link.

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~Melissa

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