I wanted to build my students’ vocabulary, so I felt like switching things up to ‘Where We Live’ would help to get them more accustomed to looking at cities and the relevant vocabulary. It’s been pretty interesting, especially after going through basic map skills (one of the more boring units — though, we did some really good interactive notebook activities that seem to have cemented a lot of knowledge).

So we changed to our second unit! We did this a while ago, but I’ve been busy with a lot: Halloween events, Service and Action coordination, developing the school newspaper, setting up the peer tutoring program, and starting a Global Sustainability Initiative project. There’s a lot, honestly.

Background image is of the city we live in, which can be found here.

Combining what we learned about map-related vocabulary, we’ve been working on some collage artwork to help learn the continents and oceans while also reminding ourselves how to use a map key and create a relevant title. Here are a couple of the completed world maps:

Another of the neatest maps, which also features clean labelling and good colour choices.

This is one of the cleanest maps we made in class, which is pretty nicely finished. It also includes some islands.

Another pretty awesome thing? While the students were working on their collages, a couple students started working together to help make sure they had things correct. When one student found themselves confused about the location of a continent, another student quickly helped explain in a manner that was beneficial to both of them. It’s always great to see them working together!

In the first couple of days, we’ve started learning about the different vocabulary for parts of maps. We’ll be looking at different types of maps and learning how to use them, along with the different pieces of information on them. We’ve already studied scale, key/legendtitle, and compass.

After discussing all of these, we looked at the compass a bit closer and checked out the cardinal and ordinal directions. We drew our own compasses to make sure that we knew more about them. Here is one of the compasses that was drawn:

The background image for this design was found here.