Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mapping Freebie

I revamped my freebie from Read Across America Day to include all 50 states and some bodies of water.

I think it's important that little ones become familiar with maps.  I bring out the maps in my classroom all the time.  In fact, my little ones tend to tease me and say "there she goes again" when someone mentions a place, and I pull down the map or start to google on the laptop/ projector.  Of course, I consider that a compliment!

Brain research teaches us that making connections helps new information stick.  When children have conversations about places on the map, they're making and reinforcing those connections.  The children in my second grade had delightful conversations when using these maps.  I love the excitement when they realize they knew something about a place on a map!

I have some boys that are real sports fans, and they were making their own icons on their maps for their favorite sports teams!

Click HERE to download freebie.  Enjoy!


7 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing Sally. This looks like it will be fun for enrichment for my kiddos! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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  2. I absolutely love this! Great idea!

    Mrs. Bray

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  3. Thanks so much for this freebie!

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  4. WOW!! This looks FANTASTIC!! Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work!

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  5. Sally, this a terrific freebie, especially for BOYS, they love maps!!!
    Thank you for sharing this at TBA and linking up!
    ~Fern
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  6. Thank you so much for sharing this map activity. I love the way you explained the importance of teaching the moment. My students know I get excited about being "off topic" too!

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