This art-inspired activity will help students understand the skills needed to create purposeful maps. Students will construct a map of their classroom that can be used for a specific purpose, such as finding someone’s desk or locating a particular genre of book in the classroom library. Students will create a strong title and include a legend with at least three symbols to enhance their maps. Encourage creativity and fun while mapping out your classroom!
|o D2.Geo.1.3-5 – Construct maps and other graphic representations of both familiar and unfamiliar places.
|o D2.Geo.1.6-8 – Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
Students will be able to construct a map of their classroom that can be used for a specific purpose.
Students will be able to create a title and legend with at least three symbols for their map.
• Building Blocks of Geography series, specifically Maps
• Scratch paper
• Markers, colored pencils, and/or crayons
• Large construction paper (1 per student to make the map itself)
• Small and/or scrap construction paper (for students to cut and glue to their maps)
• Scissors (1 per student)
• Glue (1 per student)
• Optional: rulers
• Optional: additional art supplies students can use to make their maps
Bring students back to the whole group setting to discuss their map making process. Use the following prompts or let your students guide the discussion themselves:
a. What was challenging about making a map with a specific purpose?
b. What was fun or exciting about making a map with a specific purpose?
c. How did you determine what to include in your legend?
d. Why did you choose the symbols you did to represent different locations on your map?