See your room from a different perspective.
| Social Skills: Ask for help, explain answers,
Academic Skills: Create and compare simple classroom maps.
Teacher: Before you begin the activity, clearly mark the
North, South, East and West of your room. Reproduce a map grid
for each student. (see next page) Have students make sure to turn
their page so that the compass on their paper is in correct alignment
to the classroom. Note: Younger students can concentrate on only
the closest, or farthest points for their map. Older students
can add other layers of details to their maps.
1. Turn your paper so that the N on your compass is facing
NORTH. 2. Draw symbols of the closest things around you in
the classroom on the NORTH, SOUTH, EAST and WEST. 3. Draw symbols
of the farthest things away from you in the classroom on the NORTH,
SOUTH, EAST, AND WEST. 4. Put samples of the symbols in the
key. 5. Use your maps to try the group Make-a-Map activities
Make-A-Map Activity Card 1: LET'S NAVIGATE!
Pick a destination you agree on. Using your map, write directions to
get to it. Take time to read and try each other's directions. Do the
directions take you to your goal?
Make-A-Map Activity Card 2: KEYS TO MAP MAKING!
Compare your maps to see what symbols you used in the keys. How are
they alike? How are they different? Get out other maps to see what symbols
are used. Make a chart showing some of the symbols you found and what
Make-A-Map Activity Card 3: MAP MIX-UP!
Put your completed maps in one pile, face down. Shuffle and pass out
to members. Reading your map, try to find the desk locations it is showing.
Did you find It? Discuss what confused or helped you.