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Essential Question: What are mental maps?
How do we use mental maps?
Background For Teachers:
Student Prior Knowledge:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
As students give directions to the rink ask questions of their directions. How far down 2000 W. do I have to go to get to 2700 S.. Oh, its about a mile. Is 1500 W in Layton this side or the other side of I l5. Its about ½ mi. this side of I 15. Explain to the students that to give these directions they had to use a mental map to give directions.
Mental maps are maps that represent the mental image that a person has of an area.
For example, When you go into a store and ask a clerk where to find Jello he will say;
He has used his mental map of the store to direct you to the Jello.
Visualize means to see in the minds eye or our thoughts what we are thinking of.
Organize space means to think of all the images we have of a place and put them together in our heads.
Spatial relationships mean where images of the area are put on our mental map.
Central place means the area you start from when you start to sketch your map. In may be your home, the school, or the business district of town.
Work in your small work groups to do the following activities.
Class activity #1: Draw a map from memory of the floor plan of you house.
Class activity #2: Sketch a map of your neighbor hood showing where you live, churches, schools, parks and grocery store.
Class activity#3: From memory sketch your state and all the states that surround your state.
Class Activity#4: Draw a geometric diagram starting with the business district in the center then move out to the homes, farms, wilderness areas or land features like lakes or mountains.
Class Activity#5: Draw a map from memory of the physical features of your state.
Class Activity#6: Draw a map from memory where most of the people in your state live.
Strategies For Diverse Learners:
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