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Geography: Maps and Globe skills


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Title: Geography: Maps and Globe skills

Geography Maps and Globe skills
  • House Keeping
  • Q. Do you have your unit figured out?
  • - How are we doing?

Maps globe skills
  • Why use maps and globes in social studies?
  • Look at the maps you brought- your country..

Why Teach Maps and Globe skills?
  • Reasons
  • Understanding maps and globes is vital to the
    social studies curriculum.
  • According to Nelson (1998) with an
    understanding of the locations of the earths
    great land and water masses, all other areas of
    social studies can be placed in a workable,
    unambiguous frame. The land and water provide a
    common beginning that is not subject to
    reinterpretation based on new historical or
    economic discoveries. p. 288

  • A basic understanding of the globe helps students
    to place incidents where they happen. For
    example, a story in a news paper about a place in
    Wyoming- say the capital city .. Will only make
    meaning to the student if they can mentally
    position the capital city.
  • Other examples would be recent natural
    disasters in the U.S.A.
  • War in the Middle East etc.

The globe
  • Should be available in every classroom for
    students to handle or play with
  • A globe should clearly show land and water
  • A teaching globe should be non-political.
  • Avoid overwhelming information that might be
  • However, for older children the level of
    complexity should be higher.
  • Globes are available at different prices
  • The teacher and students can also make their own

Lesson planning-
  • Unit Maps Geography and You
  • Sample lesson Map Reading Skills.
  • Grade Level Content would vary depending on
  • Standards What standards would you cover
    (Wyoming national).
  • Ice breaker
  • What do the following people have in common?
    (Burdett Ginn, 1991).
  • A tuck driver
  • A TV weather forecaster
  • An explorer
  • An airplane pilot
  • A treasure hunter

Learning objectives Activities
  • Possible Learning objectives from research work
    Dough maps
  • Activities-
  • Definition of terms
  • Travel Game
  • Draw a country from a hat and locate it on a
  • Identify longitudes latitudes
  • Map making- Create your own Continent
  • Describe a type of climate that exists only on
    that continent in one

Possible questions
  • Why are maps important?
  • What kind of information does a map show?
  • maps the same size as distance they show?
  • Yes No Explain your answer.
  • Why is the prime meridian important?
  • Describe why is the equator important?

Other possible lessons Extensions
  • Possible lessons
  • Extension What would you do?

To do Look at Quiz 2 lesson lessons- Two are
map reading
  • Geography- Map reading- Casper or Wyoming
  • Geography- Know the states
  • For assessment- you can use a traditional test on
    one and an authentic assessment on the other
  • This assignment is part of quiz 2 Turn in
    during quiz 2
  • Theses lesson plans can count towards you unit-
    if they fit.
  • Be ready to share with the class