Students gain experience in geographic thinking using different types of maps to locate information. They begin by reviewing a current population map of the United States and answering questions about the map and its features. Next, they listen to the book Treasure Map, a story about a group of students who go on a treasure hunt. The students then practice mapping by creating a floor plan of their classroom. Next, they use this map to hunt for clues in the classroom. Finally, they practice their map-reading skills by using a thematic map (population) to answer the clues and solve a puzzle.
This lesson plan is designed for teaching grades 2, 3 and 4.
Book written by Stuart J. Murphy / ISBN: 978-0-06-446738-4.
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