MAP CENTER Use With The State Third Grade Model Course

Standard 3.1, Exploring the Local Landscape includes teaching students the following geographic/mapping topics.
  • Identifying geographical features found in their local region
  • Tracing the ways in which people have used the resources of the local region and modified the physical environment
Standard 3.1, Exploring the Local Landscape

Resources needed for the unit include background material on the area, geographic maps of the area, and a U.S. Geological Survey map of the area.

The Oakland Public Library's Oakland History On The Web contains various links which can be used to prepare a background on Oakland.
Oakland History On The Web

The twelve (12) California State Historical Landmarks in Oakland are landmarks on the Reference Map and web pages have been developed for each of them. The following internet address can be used to access information on each of the landmarks by teachers who wish to add information about them to their background information on Oakland.
California State Historical Landmarks In Oakland

The following address can be used to access TopoZone.com to display a USGS topographic map of Oakland. You can use the print button of your browser to print the map. The quality will not be as good as a map that you purchase from USGS, but it is a free resource.
TopoZone.com USGS Map Of Oakland

Local community maps are included in the Recommended Map Resources For The Unit: section.
Recommended Map Resources For The Unit

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

Focus Question: Where is our community located?
Where is our community located?

Students are required to locate their relative position on maps which cover increasingly larger geographic areas.

Students can use the Interactive Maps function of MAP CENTER to display Oakland maps at the following scales.

  • All of Oakland
  • The attendance area of their school
  • The immediate area surrounding their school
  • The immediate area around their home address
Interactive Maps

Focus Question: What geographical features are unique to the local region?

Neighborhood Walk

Students can use the Find a school: feature of the Interactive Maps function of MAP CENTER to display the area immediately surrounding their school.

The following man made features will be displayed and can be catelogued by the students and added to their cartographers notepad. Screen prints of the maps can be added to the "Landform Museum".
  • Schools
  • Early childhood education centers
  • Landmarks
  • Post Offices
  • Library
  • Hospital
  • Fire Station
  • BART Station
  • BART Tracks
  • Streets
  • Landmarks
  • Streams
  • City Limits
  • Streams
  • Lakes
  • San Francisco Bay
Focus Question: How have people changed or modified the physical environment of our local region?

Teachers and students may want to review the University of California website for historic photographs of Oakland.
Historic Photos of Oakland

Map Analysis

The following internet references contain historic maps of Oakland.

University of Texas 1917 Map Of Oakland

Library Of Congress 1899 Panoramic Map Of Oakland

How have geographical features contributed to our region's historic development?

The following website contains information on the history of the port and airport.
Port Of Oakland's History Page

Extended and Correlated Activities

Interpreting aerial photographs is one of the extended and correlated activities.

Students can use the Interactive Maps function of MAP CENTER to display 1994 air photos of all portions of the city. Air photos are only available at certain scales.
Interactive Maps

Studying elevations of the local area and city are suggested extensions to the model course.

Students can use the Countour Map function of MAP CENTER to display contour lines for any portion of the city. The contour lines can be displayed over either the Reference Map or the air photo.
Interactive Maps

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