This lesson is for classes who love hands-on projects. You can also use this lesson in place of or in addition to what is being covered on a teacher -made test.
1. First the students will brainstorm on what they want included in their community. The teacher will have a student /secretary record the places and keep it in a file on the teacher's desk.
2. Next the teacher will draw a map of three intersecting roads going across and down, using a meter stick and leave spaces for the places. Some examples are a park, a sport field, a community center, a school, a store, and a doctor's office. You can also add circles and other different areas or interesting land forms such as rivers, ponds, or mountains.
3. Collect various materials such as school milk cartoons,and smaller odd sized boxes.
4.The teacher will draw names out of a jar and have each child choose a place. Try not to have,too many of the same things except for the houses in the neighborhood. Have the secretary record their choices and put them in the file.
5. Each student will design their building or place. Construction paper, glue, paint, brushes, sciccors, and markers will be provided. Anything else the students need can be brought in from home.
6. Next they will write a description of the steps they took to design their choice and put it in the teacher's file as well.
7.Proceed to put it all together to make an actual model of their city. Supply a large piece of cardboard. Assign various students to make the intersecting roads with the teacher's guidance. Remember to leave spaces for the places. The map made by the teacher earlier can be used as their blueprint or model to follow. Then place their choices on the map. This is the culminating activity in my thematic unit, Our Community and its Place on the Map.
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