MAP CENTER Use With The State First Grade Model Course

Standard 1.2, Expanding Children's Geographic World includes teaching geography through the use of maps and globes, photographs, modeling materials, and field trips throughout the school and local neighborhood. Standard 1.2, Expanding Children's Geographic World

The Materials Needed For The Lesson section lists photos of places in the local community and a variety of maps of the local community among the needed materials.
Materials Needed For The Lesson

The Printable Maps feature of MAP CENTER will provide you with an excellent map of your school's attendance area. Printable Maps

1994 air photos of Oakland can be accessed with the Interactive Maps feature of MAP CENTER. Interactive Maps

The Focus Question: What is a map? Why do we need maps? How do you read a map? section recommends the book Me On The Map .
What is a map? Why do we need maps? How do you read a map?

Teachers may also want to use the USGS teaching packet Map Adventures to supplement this lesson. USGS materials are described in the following MAP CENTER reference page.
U.S. Geological Survey Teaching Materials

The Model Course recommends that students create a book of maps entitled "My Map Book". Teachers with printing capability in their classroom or lab should have their students use the Find a street address: function of the Interactive Maps feature of MAP CENTER to display and print both the Reference Map and Air Photo for their home. Find Street Address Function Of Interactive Maps

Focus Question: What are the symbols and how are they used on a map?
What are the symbols and how are they used on a map?

Map Adventures Lesson 4: Symbols and Legends is an excellent extension to the model course.
Map Adventures Lesson 4: Symbols and Legends

There is also a MAP CENTER extension to the USGS lesson.
Worksheet To Accompany Map Adventures Lesson 4: Symbols and Legends

In the Mapping our neighborhood section teachers are advised to blow up a map of their schools attendance area.
Mapping our neighborhood?

Use the Printable Maps function of MAP CENTER referenced earlier to print a copy of your school's boundary map.

Teachers who choose to have their students do the activities in the Construct a three-dimension model section may also want to print air photos of the area using the Reference Map function of MAP CENTER referenced earlier. Students can compare the overhead view of their model to the 1994 photos.

Are any differences between the air photos and the model the result of changes in the actual area that have taken place between 1994, when the photos were taken, and today?

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