Happy Sunday. Congratulations to all of you who have made it to your summer vacation, I still have 15 teaching days to go!!
We have been having all kinds of fun with our ABC countdown to summer....Frisbee day, joke day, Koo Koo Kangaroo day. This Tuesday will be our M day....for Math Games and Mapping. Which is a perfect way to review math concepts and wrap up our unit on mapping and our local community.
Here are a few of the books we have been using for our mapping unit....
In addition to these great books I have been using a fabulous resource that me and my kiddos are loving!! It is this Local Community and Community Helpers resource from Tina's Teaching Treasures.
Here are some of the things we have been working on with this unit...
On the first day we used the question prompts to brainstorm about our local community. Notice the "strong and stable structures" idea that was added....perhaps we just finished our unit on structures : )
Then we looked at the needs in our community and which features help us meet our needs. It was great to focus on not just the buildings we find in our community but the "why" - why do communities have these features, what is their purpose.
Then we used some of the "What If" prompts to think about how our community would change if some of the features were removed. This really made the students think about cause and effect and chain reactions. They had to work independently on the prompt "What if there were no road". Their pictures and ideas were great.
We are using the map feature labels and definitions to label a class map.
.....and the best part - we are building a class map. On one of our large class tables we are building a map. I added green paper to the table and they made water features, roads and a railway line. I made the community feature cubes included in this unit (building on one side - symbol on the other).
After seeing what features we already had each student made another feature to add to our map. We gathered around the map to talk about where they should add their feature and why (why should it be near other features etc.)
This is my favourite...it is hard to see but it is a "place to get your hair done" Those are blue scissors above the window.
Here is a shot of the symbols.
This is the far end of the table. They added a barn and pond in one corner. The other one is a vet clinic. They knew that these features should be far away from the downtown area. The vet clinic has a lot of land and a pond for the animals to go outside and heal!!
My students love this group map. They are constantly making additional features for the map when they finish their work. This is a close up of a parking lot that has been added. We also have bridges and street labels now.
This is one of the BEST purchases I have made on TPT and if you need to teach about local communities, community helpers or mapping I highly recommend this unit. It is so easy to use, with clear lesson plans and tons of extras (like anchor chart headings and guiding questions!!) that made my unit easy to plan and totally engaging for my students.
Even though it may be summer vacation for a lot of you, I would love to know....