ERIC Number: ED138529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Map and Compass Skills for the Elementary School. Instructional Activities Series IA/E-9.
Larkin, Robert P.; Grogger, Paul K.
Twenty activities are described that can be used to develop map and compass skills in elementary grades. The activities range from simple, beginners' projects to more complex tasks as students acquire more skills. Most can be carried out in the classroom, schoolyard, or local neighborhood. Map activities include drawing maps of the classroom, mapping an imaginary island using scale and contour lines, and constructing a cardboard box plane table to use when compass or other surveying equipment is not available. Learning position and location can become enjoyable by playing a classroom detective game. One student leaves the room and then must return and identify an unknown object by asking classmates "yes" and "no" type questions about its location. Treasure hunts which require students to follow compass readings for specified distances are also suggested. For advanced students, orienteering activities can be applied to classroom, schoolyard, or neighborhood, and can make use of bicycles, canoes, or simple hiking and running. An adaptation is provided for persons confined to wheelchairs. Sample diagrams and maps accompany many of the suggested activities. (AV)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Distance, Educational Games, Elementary Education, Geographic Location, Geography Instruction, Learning Activities, Locational Skills (Social Studies), Map Skills, Orienteering, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
National Council for Geographic Education, 115 North Marion, Oak Park, Illinois 60301 ($1.50 paper cover)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for Geographic Education.