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This is a Zip file of Waldo activities to practice map skills. Included in this zip: classroom map template with key, "Finding Waldo" directions, a US map to go along with the Post Cards from Waldo, Post Cards (with a blank section to write your own name and school), small hats (to cut and glue onto classroom map to mark where students hide their Waldos), and large Waldos to cut and hide somewhere in your classroom.
I typical use these materials in this way:
Day 1 - Introduce mappings, maps, and keys by constructing a classroom map (students will use this map to mark where they hide their own Waldo). I like to hide a large scale Waldo somewhere in the room to hook the kids.
Day 2 - Students make their own Waldos to color and hide. Students should mark their classroom map with one of the small hat cut outs and record it in their map keys.
Day 3 - Trade and find! Students will use the Finding Waldo sheet to find each others' Waldos and record data.
Day 4 - Upscale the map world! Use the US map and Post Card set to help students use a US map. Students will listen for clues that describe certain states. I provided a blank post card for you to create your own.
This is not a completed unit with an assessment. This is simply how I like to introduce mapping to the kids and help them make a connection.