ERIC Number: ED460068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
What Is a Map? Kindergarten Model Lesson for Standard 4. California History-Social Science Course Models.
Gallardo, Marilyn; Porter, Priscilla
This lesson helps students describe where they live, develop an understanding of the geography of their neighborhood, and compare and contrast their area with other areas both near and far. Noting that experiences with maps enables students to see how they are representations of specific locations, the lesson points out that geographic information gathered by students, under teacher guidance, can be used to draw conclusions and make inferences about a place. The lesson addresses the geographic literacy strand of the California History-Social Science Framework by helping students understand what a map is. Students gain a geographic awareness of place and location through the mapping of a lunch tray, their classroom, and their school. Group interaction and participation skills are learned as students make maps of human movement introduced through selected stories from literature. They make maps individually and in groups. The lesson suggests a time period for completion (6-8 weeks); provides focus questions, and offers literacy links. It outlines the topic information in detail: "Beginning the Topic"; "Developing the Topic"; and "Culminating the Topic." It also suggests extended and correlated activities and identifies the five themes of geography: location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and regions. Contains extensive resources. Appended is a sample homework letter and additional exercise sheets. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Enrichment, Geography, Geography Instruction, Kindergarten, Literacy, Locational Skills (Social Studies), Map Skills, Maps, Primary Education, Social Studies, State Standards
California Department of Education, 721 Capitol Mall, 6th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-654-6299; Fax: 916-657-4964. For full text: http://www.history.ctaponline.org/center/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers: California; California History Social Science Standards
Note: For other lesson plans, see SO 033 525-529.