The Work Plan

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Geography Work For All

When I spotted this mini bulletin board set in the Teacher's Store I just couldn't pass it up.

 Since learning the names of the continents and the start of our Africa study the kids interest in geography has become strong. Since the kids knowledge of geography is all over the place I figured this work would interest everyone on various levels.
 Learning the different directions are new for some and for others a fun review is always welcomed. NE, NW, SE and SW are new directions for all of them which makes this work a great one for peer learning.

 The compass rose is something I always like to introduce with a real one, but since I have misplaced the one I own this will have to do until I am able to get another one. After illustrating the understanding of the Compass Rose I always like for them to make one with a magnet and needle and also have the Free Compass Rose printables from Montessori Print Shop available on the shelf.

 This will be the first work with a Map Key since their introduction to Maps using a lesson from Karen Tyler's Geography album. I can see a lot of excitement coming from this work, especially as they will be shown how to make their own using the map first pictured at the beginning of this post.
 Here are some pictures that they will use as symbols on the map to learn and to make their own map key.
 Again this work is geography for all and I have included work that my 8 year old son could benefit from. I know he will be excited to work with others and will probably help the preschoolers with this work so I wanted to include an aim for him too. It is possible that the primary students will learn about the Map Scale as well:)
 Here is an example of labeling the map with directions.
 I also included some cars and community helpers since my son interjected while I was putting this work together that he wanted to make some map command cards.

I stored the labels according to the work in boxes and the larger pieces in an Art portfolio. Hooray for Geography!


  1. This is a great idea!Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for sharing this fun, meaningful idea. :)

  3. What a great, fun way to learn geography basics!

  4. This looks really interesting. Preschoolers seem fascinated by maps. My little one became really interested after he was allowed to follow a route on the GPS on a mobile.

  5. Super fun! We worked with street maps this week too....although I haven't had time to blog anything this week :( This gives me some ideas to add to our setup later! Thanks! Great job!

  6. This looks like a really great way to learn about maps.

  7. Awesome Ideas you have! We are so lucky to be apart of your program!

  8. So many great interactive ideas! I featured this at TGIF this week here -

    Thanks for linking up and sharing your creativity! Hope to see you linked up again this week,
    Beth =-)

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