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Maps From Here to There

Challenge your mapping skills! Interpret a map by plotting a trip. Have a classmate try to figure out your destination!

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 30 Minutes or Less
  • Directions

    1. Organize students into small groups. Each group will need a map of the local community or even another part of the world that has been studied. Invite groups to determine where they will be traveling.
    2. On an individual dry-erase board, students draw the major routes needed to travel with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers or Crayons. Encourage students to pay particular attention to turns in their travel routes.
    3. Remind students to think about landmarks passed during their travel. Sketch them (or symbols of them) on the team's map. These become clues for classmates. Use Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons to create landmark symbols.
    4. When travel routes are complete, groups take turns figuring out the beginning and ending destinations with each other’s directions.
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    MATH: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch.

    SS: Locate and distinguish among varying landforms and geographic features, such as mountains, plateaus, islands, and oceans.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Students create a map of their school building. Include all "landmarks" but no room numbers. Write directions for a classmate to follow and provide the map. Is your classmate successful in finding your secret location?

    Students create a map using only landmarks. This strategy is especially helpful when the destination is another country.

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