Exciting way to help students to examine the different kinds of maps in Social Studies!
Includes the following!
*Engaging interactive worksheet with fun visuals*
*Do Now Activity with interactive map*
* Map Activity with great visuals* (Link is on the worksheet)
*Fun Movie Clip with questions*
*Exit Ticket with engaging questions*
Sample Pacing of the Lesson
Aim: How does interpreting a map provide insight to the world we live in?
SWBAT: Identify different kinds of maps such as Special Purpose, Physical and Political by filling in guided questions from a video clip and visual images.
Do Now Activity: Students will be required to examine an engaging and colorful map of the world. As a do now activity, students will be required to circle something they find interesting on the map followed by another question that asks them to state why its important to for an individual to be able to read a map. As the map is engaging, a student can circle a polar bear in the antarctic as an interesting fact and they could explain that they thought this was interesting because polar bears live in the cold. This is a great way to activate students prior knowledge. In addition, students throughout the class will have circled different parts of they map that they found interesting and it becomes a great way to have a meaningful and purposeful discussion as well as helping students with map skills by forcing them to annotate the map.
Movie Clip Activity: Typically in my classes, students will either move into a pair or work by themselves to answer guided reading questions from video clips. As each teachers classes are different, please feel free to modify and adjust to your teaching styles and classes abilities. This video clip delves into the different aspects of a map such as the compass rose. The video is a flipped classroom demonstration with great visuals. Feel free to pause the video and discuss as the video is going on. I often paused and discussed concepts from the video when students had questions and needed clarification.
Map Activity/Independent Practice: As you move through the lesson, the final aspect will be for students to examine different kinds of maps. The video clip and the do now should have provided students with the proper foundation to determine the differences between political, physical and special purpose maps. As a result, students will be provided with a map of Physical and Political Map of Europe. They will be asked to circle as a choice, which kind of map this is by activating prior knowledge and then applying additional map skills such as circling the title as well as the legend where applicable.
Exit Ticket Activity: The exit ticket is a special purpose map of the African Kingdoms. Students will be required to determine what kind of map this is as well as applying map skills.
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