Complementing "Me on the Map," this research-based geography project enables students to create visual representations of how they fit into the world. I created this resource because I loved the idea of "Me on the Map", but wanted to up-the-rigor for higher elementary and middle school students.
Rather than using a series circles to show the relative sizes of different geographic places, this simple but effective unit reinforces map skills, research skills, and geographic vocabulary, while helping students visualize their place in the world through a series of map creation and geography activities.
This activity packet includes:
*Absolute Location - Including a web activity where students find the exact latitude and longitudinal location of their home.
*My Town - Delve into population,rural/urban/suburban, landmarks & local business
*My County - Develop an understand of neighboring towns within your county!
*My State - Who are your state senators, and which historical figures are from your state?
*My Region - What natural resources are your region known for? Climate?
*My Country - What form of government does your country practice? Which symbols represent your country, and who are your country's leaders? Which languages are most dominant in your country?
*My Continent - Which hemispheres contain your continent?
*My Planet- Where is your planet in relation to the Sun? What is the Earth's approximate population?
This set includes maps for United States and North America classroom, but it can be easily adjusted for any location in the world. It can be used in a community unit, a social studies class, a foreign language or ESL class, or a lesson as children are learning their personal information.