MAP CENTER Use With The State Second Grade Model CourseStandard 2.2, Expanding Map Skills from the Neighborhood to the World includes teaching students the following geographic/mapping topics.
The Materials Needed For The Lesson section lists maps of the school neighborhood, showing the school with one or two nearby major streets among the needed materials.
Materials Needed For The Lesson
The Find a school: feature of the Interactive Maps function of MAP CENTER will display the Reference Map centered around your school. The zoom in function can be used to reduce the area being displayed. You can use the print button of your browser to print the map.
The Literacy Links: Reading section on the same page lists neighborhood maps as one of the reading sources. The Printable Maps function of MAP CENTER will provide you with an excellent map of your school's attendance area.
Section B of the standard, Developing the Topic has two components that can be enhanced with the use of MAP CENTER and the USGS teaching packet Map Adventures.
B: Developing the Topic
Teachers might want to review the following internet references dealing with cartography.
Cartography and Understanding Maps
Are You Map-Savvy?
Careers In Cartography
The USGS Map Adventures teaching packet as well as the MAP CENTER extensions that have been developed for use with Map Adventures provide excellent examples of map legends, direction, and scale.
U.S. Geological Survey Teaching Materials
MAP CENTER Extensions To The USGS Teaching Materials
Focus Question #3: Where is our school located in relation to other places in our neighborhood (i.e., absolute and relative location)?
Where is our school located in relation to other places in our neighborhood?
Teachers can use the Printable Map function of MAP CENTER referenced earlier to print a map of the attendance area for their school. A letter-number grid which matches the printable maps is available at the following address.
Printable Map Letter-Number Grid
The purpose of the letter-number grid to to show "absolute location". It is a precursor to the latitude/longitude grid which students will learn in third grade.
Street address also provides an abosulte location. Students can practice locating their home address on the neighborhood map. They can also use the Find a street address: feature of the Interactive Maps function of MAP CENTER to display a map centered around their home address.
This will give the students practice typing their home address and will also allow them to determine how close they are to their school.
Does a student have to zoom out to find the school?
Can the student still see the school symbol and name when they have zoomed out?
What is the scale on the map when the student can see both the school and their address?
What direction must the student walk to get from their home to the school?
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