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ERIC Number: EJ864094
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Learning from a Bike Trip
Koren, Mike
Social Education, v73 n7 p340-341 Nov-Dec 2009
In this article, the author describes a bike trip which marks the culmination of a unit reviewing map-reading capabilities. In seventh grade, students develop various map skills, including cardinal and intermediate directions, how to measure distance on a map using a scale of miles, how to interpret the legend of a map, and how to locate places using latitude and longitude. The bike trip brings several of these skills to life. Students have to use real maps of the Milwaukee area to plan the route of the bike trip from Maple Dale School in Fox Point, Wisconsin, to the lakefront. They need to be able to follow directions while using the map and to measure distance on it. There are some guidelines which students need to follow in planning the routes. Bikers travel from Maple Dale School to Veterans Park by Lake Michigan, which is about a 25-30 mile roundtrip route. Students who do not want to bike are offered an alternative that also requires planning with a map: a walk of about eight miles from Maple Dale to Klode Park in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. To help students orient the map to the actual direction they are facing, the science teacher usually teaches a lesson on orienteering prior to the trip.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Grade 8
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin