Resources

Buckley, Susan and Elsepeth Leacock. Hands-On Geography. Scholastic Inc. 1993 Grades k-3

Pages: 10, 21, 27, 67.

This book is a wonderful resource for teachers who are in need of ideas for creative activities. It especially useful for children in grades K-3 in developing basic understanding of maps and their surrounding areas. The activities include movement, going outside, and art projects. The activities I chose were: introducing symbols, creating full and small scale drawings, using grid paper to create small scale drawings, and making a model of our community.

 

Grahm, Alma and Robert Thomas. Basic Map Skills. 1998.

This entire book is full of information about maps and understanding them. A teacher could us it for ideas or even for understanding for herself. It could also be used for a "centers" book. It is simple enough for children to understand with some instruction from the teacher. The focus is for the younger/primary grade children, but could be adapted for older children. Its focus is a wide range: your place on earth, road maps, time zones, and continents.

 

Haslam, Andrew. Make it work! MAPS. Scholastic Inc. 1996 Pages: 24, 25, 40, 28.

Any pictures needed for the younger grades in understanding map-related topics can be found in this book. It is a wonderful resource because the activities are fun and enhancing for children. The topics I chose from this book are: early maps, and dividing up the world. Both of these topics are major focuses and part of the curriculum for grade 3 in the state of Utah.

 

People and Places. Silver Burdett Ginn. 1997.

Although this is a workbook, there are a wide variety of worksheets that are exciting and really get the children to think about their environment and the community in which they live. It would not be best used for teaching a skill, but if the children seem to need further practice individually based, it would be a wonderful resource! It teaches about keys, directions, floor plans to street plans, identifying landforms and more!

 

Stoltman, Joseph P. Teaching Map and Globe Skills. Rand McNally. 1992. Pages: 40,45,49.

This book is not for children themselves, but a guide book for teaching teachers to teach!!! It reminds teacher of the most important things for children to know when learning about maps and how to read them. My focus in this book was on the grid skills. The book explains grids in simple terms, which helps teachers to be more effective when teaching their students.

 

Taylor, Sonya Abbye, et. al. Living in Our Communities. Steck-Vaughn. 1997.

This book begins by asking, "What is a community?" It teaches the basics of community and helps children become aware of theirs. From there it covers "Kinds of communities," "People work in communities," and more. Nearly every topic in the Utah State core curriculum is covered. This is possibly the most powerful book for reaching all the topics needing to be covered in my unit.

 

Tidd, Charles and George E. Sullivan. Essential Map Skills. Hammond. 1997.

I discovered this book in the most effective in teaching the skills needed for understanding a map. It teaches symbols and legends, cardinal directions, latitude and longitude, scales, climate, road maps, and more! When you have to get down to the nitty gritty, this book is the one to use!

 

http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ go to "Social Studies". Go to grade 3.

The lesson plans that I chose from this site were

· Lesson plan for creating a community map.

· Lesson plan for comparing communities.

· Lesson plans that focus on differences in housing.

They are not whole lesson plans though. They are generated ideas that will be useful when teaching these topics.

 

http://www.surweb.org/ go to "Media Shows", go to "Maps of the World".

This site is great for teaching in Utah. It includes maps. There are also "Media shows" created for a teachers use or there is a guide to help teachers to create their own. The site provides maps and other tools to create a media show that will fit a teachers individual needs perfectly!

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