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After illustrating the place where they spent their summer vacation, students will place their picture on a teacher created matrix.
One per class:
One per student:
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
Where Are You Going? by Kimberlee Graves and Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Maps by Joellyn Thrall Cicciarelli
A matrix is a tool for organizing information. Students will use prior knowledge of where they spent their summer vacation and transfer that knowledge to the matrix. Students will identify if their summer vacation locale was near/far from their home and if it was near land or water.
Teacher preparation includes making the matrix and the headings prior to the lesson presentation.
Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
5. Understand and use basic concepts and skills.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written and nonverbal form.
Observation, description, symbolization
Invitation to Learn
Ask the students: “Where did you go on your summer vacation?” Allow the class to discuss the various places that they visited.
Invite students to bring an item or picture to school that shows where they went on their vacation. Students may tell the class about their vacation. Describe the locations with the mapping vocabulary of near/far and land/water.
Ask the students, “What can you tell me about our matrix?” Students should be able to talk, using basic graphing terms, about their summer vacation spot. They may include information about the number of choices in each quadrant and how their vacation spot is the same/different from the class choices. Students should use the vocabulary near/far and land/water in their description.