Kindergarten Unit On Maps and Globes. By Tabitha Angle and Celena Chastain. Table of Contents. Rationale Standards-based Education Unit Planning Template Standards Concept Map Lesson One Lesson Two Lesson Three Lesson Four Lesson Five Conclusion and Outcome
By Tabitha Angle and Celena Chastain
Standards-based Education Unit Planning Template
Conclusion and Outcome
Teacher and Student Materials
The rationale for creating this unit is to provide an opportunity for Kindergarten students to understand thata map is a drawing of a place and a globe is a model of the Earth. The unit will also increase their understanding of features of a map and globe. Throughout this unit, language arts concepts will be incorporated such as writing, listening, oral response, and reading comprehension.
Standards-based Education Unit Planning Template
Grade target: Kindergarten Subject: Social Studies, Language Arts Unit: Maps and Globes
SSKG2 The student will explain that a map is a drawing of a place and a globe is a model of the Earth.
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ELAKR6 The student gains meaning from orally presented text. The studenta. Listens to and reads a variety of literary (e.g., short stories, poems) and informational texts and materials to gain knowledge and for pleasure.c. Asks and answers questions about essential narrative elements (e.g., beginning-middle-end, setting, characters, problems, events, resolution) of a read-aloud text.f. Uses prior knowledge, graphic features (illustrations), and graphic organizers to understand text.g. Connects life experiences to read-aloud text.h. Retells important facts in the student’s own words.
How will I and they know when they are successful?
Through teacher observation and whole group and hands-on activities students will begin to develop a sense of geographical awareness. Also through one-to-one discussions with the students and class discussions.
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Goal: To introduce maps and globes. Learn “what are maps and globes?”
As a class, we will begin to fill out a KWL chart for prior knowledge.
The students will listen to Maps and Globes by: Jack Knowlton to learn basic knowledge about the maps and globes.
The students will watch a video about the features of maps and globes.
1 Create a KWL chart on the Activboard or whiteboard.
2. Title the first section “What I Know about Maps and Globes”, title the second section “What I Want to Know about Maps and Globes” and title the third section “What I Learned about Maps and Globes”.
3. Complete the first and second section of the KWL chart with the students.
4. Read and discuss the following book with the children: “Maps and Globes by: Jack Knowlton to learn basic knowledge about the maps and globes. Students will participate in an oral discussion of the book. Questions should be asked based on the learners ability level.
Watch and discuss with a partner the following United Streaming Maps and Globes video:
Goal: The students will learn about symbols on a map.
The students will observe various maps. Students should pay close attention to the symbols (pictures) on the maps.
1. As a whole group, take a close look at several maps—State map, classroom map, school map, etc.
2. Have the students observe and discuss the pictures (symbols) that are on each map using EdHelper . Click to view:
3. Create a class T chart with one side labeled symbol and the other side labeled real objects.
Finally, students will draw a picture to represent the objects they see in the classroom and usethe term “symbols”. Higher-level learners should be expected to label their symbols. Lower-level learners may only draw a few symbol pictures.
Goal: To provide the students with knowledge of cardinal directions.
Look at a map and globe to view a compass rose.
Sing a song to learn about directions.
Students act out cardinal directions: North, South, East, West.
1. Look at a map and globe to view a compass rose using EdHelper . Click to view:
2. Sing Dr. Jean’s “Directions” song to learn about directions.
Goal: To provide the students with knowledge on reading and using a map.
1. Review a map and globe to view a compass rose using EdHelper . Click to view:
2. Sing Dr. Jean’s “Directions” song to learn about directions as in lesson three.
3. Complete City Map Reading Activity #1 (click the following link: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/mapreading/city/ )
Children create their own map of their bedroom or another special place. Map creator online can be used for high-achieving or gifted students.
Goal: To find out what the children have learned about maps and globes.
The students will complete the final part of the KWL chart.
The students will write about and discuss the essential question “Why are maps and globes important?”.
Create a map with symbols and a compass rose.
1.As a class, complete the last section of the KWL chart.
2.Have the children answer the following essential question in their journal. Why are maps and globes important?
Discuss the children’s writing. Learners will be at different levels. Some students will just draw a picture and verbally tell. Others may be writing as many as three sentences on the topic.
This unit is designed to help Kindergarten students understand why we use maps and globes.
The students will understand maps and globes through the various activities in this unit, through observation, and discussions.
Maps and Globes by Jack Knowlton
“Directions” by Dr. Jean Feldman (CD “Sing to Learn”)
Activboard for T-Chart and KWL chart
Computers with Internet connections
Real life objects for creating symbols.
Paper and crayons for creating a map
http://www.georgiastandards.org/SearchResults.aspx?viewmode=details&StandardIDSelected=522: Georgia State Standards website
http://player.discoveryeducation.com/index.cfm?guidAssetId=D90F4C51-5E6 :Unitedsteaming video clip on maps and globes
48C6-9D4F-53139D745455UnitedStreaming : maps and a globes video
http://www.edhelper.com/community13_0_0.htm : Map symbols resource
http://www.edhelper.com/community4_1_1.htm : Cardinal directions
http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2005_06/house/kids/elemen/elemindex.htm: Georgia geographical information (PRIMARY RESOURCE)
http://www.atlapedia.com/index.html : viewing maps (PRIMARY RESOURCE)