Mapping the Study Area
As part of the data collection, students will create maps of their study area. Before creating their own maps, read Mapping Penny’s World to students. Begin reading on the page “Penny likes to hide…” and read the following page “On this map….” Skip to page beginning “When we go out…” and read that page and the next one, “I made this….”
Explain to students that they will also be making a map. The map needs to include a title, a key and important features of their field study area. This area could be the entire school grounds, or a small area set aside for their study.
Teacher Note: The page beginning “Mr. Jayson says…” contains a very detailed example of a map. For K and Grade 1, maps should focus on school or neighborhood features. At 2nd grade, student maps should contain a title and a key. The map in Mapping Penny’s World contains a scale and a compass rose. These map features will not be assessed at this grade level.
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