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Kids become map-makers as they take a new look at the school neighborhood!
On walks around the school neighborhood, invite students to take notes and sketch important features such as streets and buildings with Crayola® Washable Markers. Study local maps for neighborhood details, and note changes since the maps were printed. Conduct a classroom discussion focused on identified details. Ask students to point out the major features that are contained in a map in preparation for students creating their own maps. Provide additional text and electronic resources, if available, about their neighborhood and town for students to view.
Students prepare to draw a map of their neighborhood on a large sheet of construction paper using notes and sketches from the earlier discussion for reference. Inform students they will prepare a large 3-D map of the area. Determine who will make which building, landmark, etc.
Teams create a building model using small, recycled cardboard boxes, Crayola® Model Magic, construction paper, and collage materials. Cut paper to cover buildings with Crayola Scissors. Glue dry modeling compound and other items together with Crayola School Glue. Decorate with Crayola Washable Glitter Glue. Dry overnight.
Set the buildings in place on a solid base such as recycled cardboard or thick foam. Create street signs, landscaping, roads, people, and animals to complete the map.
Teams compose brochures for their neighborhood. Directions to specific buildings may be included! Teams determine the format of their brochures, as well as what additional information should be included.
Groups present their brochure to classmates while all are gathered around the neighborhood map.
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