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Main Curriculum Tie:
Background For Teachers:
Students in second grade have been exposed to map making skills in kindergarten and first grade. This activity takes what they have learned and adds to their knowledge and skills of being able to use information from maps to locate information. It also adds to their knowledge of using maps and how it is important in their lives.
An Atlas is a collection of maps and in some cases contains interesting information that will add to the understanding of a specific place. Through making their own atlas, students will build a schema to help them gain a lasting knowledge of specific continents and oceans. By completing a hands-on project, they will be using different senses in which to make valuable connections within the brain that will help them with their understanding of maps and globes.
Political maps basically show borders, while topographical maps give information showing physical features.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Read the story, It Looked Like Spilt Milk. Comment on how the clouds could look like objects students are familiar with. Explain that Astronauts in space can look down on Earth from the sky and see shapes on the planet that may remind them of other things.
Show the students the pictures of the Blue Marble Earth and have them share what they see when they see the continents. Blue Marble Earth pictures can be found at the website in the Additional Resources section. It may not be easy to see the outlines of the continents on this map so after pointing them out on the picture, you could cut out the continent shapes from the Continent/Ocean Cards and place them on the overhead. If you do not have a picture of the earth, use the map of the world and point to the different continents.
Sutton, J., Krueger, A. (2002). What role does active hands-on learning play in mathematics instruction? Edthoughts: what we know about mathematics teaching and learning, pp 90-91.
Young students learn a great deal through sense perception and concrete experience. Using concrete materials helps them receive data through the senses. This makes more connections in the brain and helps the students better understand new ideas.
Rockman, et.al, (2002). The academic value of hands-on craft projects in elementary schools, Academic Search Primer. Retrieved December 12, 2005.
Through this study of 76 teachers and 1600 students it was concluded that hands-on learning projects function as learning anchors and result in a greater ability to transfer skills to new contexts. Also, hands-on learning accommodates students with different learning styles.
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