Posts tagged ‘maps’

86. Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney

me on the mapRetell: The narrator of this story imagines herself on various maps, both homemade and store-bought.  The maps range from small scale (her bedroom) to large scale (the world).

Topics: geography, maps, globes, location

Habits of Mind: creating-imagining-innovating

My Thoughts: Every other Thursday someone covers my class while I co-plan with another teacher.  On that day, it’s very difficult for me to tuck in a read aloud without cutting another subject.  To solve this problem I plan to do a Social Studies read aloud connected to our current unit of study.  We’re currently in a Map and Geography unit.  By the end of the unit we expect students to be able to find themselves on any kind of map.  I thought I would never find a decent read aloud to support this study.  I was wrong.  Me on the Map is a cute introduction to map reading.  It’s simple, but it shows reminds students that maps tell the reader where they are.  If you have access to a projector (or a computer lab) I highly recommend pairing this read aloud with an exploration of Google Earth.


September 21, 2009 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

62. “Before New York” by Peter Miller, National Geographic September 2009

Before New YorkRetell: Peter Miller investigates the Mannahatta Project, a group who have analyzed several historical maps in order to create pictures of what Manhattan might have looked like when Henry Hudson spotted the island back in 1609.

Topics: New York, beavers, then & now, New Amsterdam, Hudson, conservation, geography, maps

Units of Study: Nonfiction, Content Area

Habits of Mind: thinking interdependently, responding with wonderment and awe, striving for accuracy

Reading Skills: envisionment, determining importance, questioning

My Thoughts: My eyes lit up when I received my monthly National Geographic magazine yesterday afternoon.  The feature article, “Before New York,” is dedicated to presenting a picture of the landscape of New York City before it was the crowded, bustling town it is today.  If you are a 4th grade teacher in New York I highly recommend going out to your local news stand and picking up a copy today.  The article includes several pictures of ‘then and now’ maps and digital renderings.  I plan on reading this article (or a portion of it) when we do our unit on New York geography.  The article highlights how cartographers pose questions, strive for accuracy and work in groups.  I may just reread the beginning of the article where the author tells the story of a beaver named Jose who appeared near the Bronx zoo.  According to the article beaver haven’t been spotted in New York City in over 200 years.  If you don’t have a subscription check out the National Geographic website.  If you have a projector in your classroom you could share the interactive maps of New York after reading the article.

August 27, 2009 at 9:56 am 1 comment


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