Tuesday, May 26, 2015


published on: 9/19/2004

Contributing Teacher(s): Theresa Lloyd

Subject Area: Social Studies/Geography

Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3)

Materials Needed: The module packet which contains the response sheets, the student prompt, the reference sheet, and the scoring guides; teacher resource books: How to Use a Map, Landforms and Bodies of Water, Continents and Oceans; video: Understanding Maps; Missouri maps and world maps; globe; Mount Rushmore puzzle; trade books as listed in the section "Trade Books."


  • locate places on a map:
  • using cardinal directions G1.4 / SS 5,7
  • using symbols G1.4,8 / SS 5,7
  • using intermediate directions G1.4 / SS 5
  • using a map key G1.4,8 / SS 5
  • identify and locate different natural features on a map and globe:
  • identify and locate continents and oceans G1.4 / SS 5,7
  • identify and locate natural and manmade features G1.4 / SS 5,7
  • locate major U.S. features:
  • locate Macon on a Missouri map G1.4 / SS 5
  • locate and name the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers G1.4 / SS 5
  • apply map skills and knowledge:
  • charting a trip to national landmarks G1.10 / SS 7
  • using cardinal directions in a letter G1.10 / CA 4
  • identify information that supports your decisions G4.1 / CA 4

    Process Standards:

    • Goal 1.4 use technological tools and other resources to locate, select and organize information
    • Goal 1.10 apply acquired information, ideas and skills to different contexts as students, workers, citizen

    Content Standards:

    • Social Studies 5. The major elements of geographical study and analysis (such as location, place, movement,...
    • Social Studies 7. The use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)
    • Communication Arts 4. Writing formally (such as reports, narratives, essays) and informally (such as outlines, notes)

      Time Allowance: three 45-50 minute time periods

      Description: Mapology is the exploration of maps, including directions, symbols, map keys, natural and manmade landmarks, and Missouri rivers and cities--map skills, globe, continents

      Classroom Component: Instructions for Administration: Present students with the activities within the module packet and make sure they understand what they are to do. Go over the scoring guide so students know what a quality product involves.

      Pre-Assessment Instructions: Students will need to have the knowledge of how to use a map and globe and interpret their characteristics, locate different features on a map and globe, and locate specific Missouri features.

      Trade Books:

      Natural Landmarks

      Mark Twain Cave

      Yellowstone National Park
            by Mike Graf
      Letters Home from Yellowstone
            by Lisa Halvorsen
      A Yellowstone ABC
            by Cyd Martin

      Grand Canyon
      Grand Canyon National Park
            by Mike Graf
      Grand Canyon
            by Wendell Minor
      Letters from the Canyon
            by Kathleen McAnally
      Grand Canyon
            by Cari Meister

      The Everglades
      Trouble Dolls
            by Jimmy Buffett
      Welcome to the River of Grass
            by Jane Yolen
      The Everglades
            by Jean Craighead George
      Sawgrass Poems
            by Frank Asch

      Manmade Landmarks

      St. Louis Arch

      The White House
      Woodrow, the White House Mouse
            by Peter W. Barnes, et al.
      Scamper, the Bunny Who...White House
            by Anna Roosevelt
      Grandmother Remembers, Christmas at the White House
            by Mary Evans Seeley

      Statue of Liberty
      A Picnic in October
            by Eve Bunting
      Statue of Liberty
            by Lucille Recht Penner
            by Allan Drummond
      The Story of the Statue of Liberty
            by Betsy Maestro

      Mount Rushmore
      Mount Rushmore
            by Craig A. Doherty, et al.
      Mount Rushmore
            by Robert Noyed & Klingel
      Curious George and the Hot Air Balloon
            by H. A. Rey
            by Lynn Curlee


      Day 1: Students will begin with an exploration of the Missouri map. The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers will be located and then drawn onto their self-made maps. Cities of interest will be placed on their maps and the capital city of Missouri will be made with the symbol "star." The history of the compass rose will be discussed and each student will create their own compass rose.

      Day 2: Students will create a map key to go along with a map designed for each table activity. Group one is given a map of the school playground. They will create a symbol for at least three things on the playground and place them on their map. Group two will be given a map of the school building. They will create a symbol for the library, office, classroom, and lunchroom and place them on their map. Group three will be given a map of the town. They will need to create symbols and place on their maps the location of McDonald's, Sonic, and Subway. Group four will create a compass rose for their map and label it with the cardinal directions.

      Day 3: Half of the students will use world map "placemats" to create the continents and oceans out of two colors of playdough. The rest of the class will begin exploring the natural and manmade features of our country. This information will be familiar because of spiraling curriculum. The Mark Twain Cave is a first grade field trip and the Everglades are studied during the science ecology unit. The St. Louis Arch is covered during Missouri Day, and the White House, Statue of Liberty, and Mount Rushmore are covered in November in the unit "Patriotic Symbols." Trade teaching groups.

      Day 4: Using the world map, try to cut and pin it to a Styrofoam ball. Discuss how a world map and the globe are both representations of the earth. The inflatable globe works well to demonstrate how it could be cut and flattened or blown up and still be a representation of the earth. Discuss how the world map and globe are different. The globe is a sphere and the map is a flat, paper object. The globe is something you use in a home or office, while a map works better in a car because it folds.

      Response Sheet #1
      (Maps are placed on each table for student use.)
      G1.4 / SS 5 on this page

      1. North on a map would be located at the
        1. bottom
        2. top
        3. right
        4. left

      2. East on a map would be located at the
        1. bottom
        2. top
        3. right
        4. left

      3. South on a map would be located at the
        1. bottom
        2. top
        3. right
        4. left

      4. West on a map would be located at the
        1. bottom
        2. top
        3. right
        4. left

      5. Which of these symbols might represent a capital on a map?

      6. Which of these symbols might mean hiking is available?

      Response Sheet #2

      1. Explain one way the world map and globe are alike and one way they are different. G1.6 / SS 7

      2. Use the Missouri map outline and locate the two main rivers and at least two cities. Label them on

        For additional information contact :
        Theresa Lloyd
        Macon Elem.
        Macon Co. R-I
        (660) 385-2118

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