Today’s post was written by guest writer, Nancy Earnest.
Pre-K teacher, Nancy Earnest, read my recent post about Map Making and shared with me her method of teaching map skills. I asked Nancy if she would mind sharing it on PreKinders. Nancy recommends making model maps of the classroom in 3D before making a paper map by using Legos, blocks, Unifix cubes, or other 3D materials. The following is what she wrote.
To make a 3D map, I took birds eye view photos of the shelves and put them on wood pieces. The birds eye view photos can be made by standing on a chair or step ladder. The base for the tables are plastic jar lids and the table tops are cut up corrugated boxes. The other pieces are cut from scrap wood. Using the mini furniture models, children were able to make a classroom model.
I then hide a penny in the classroom and indicate its location on the model map with a paper X.
My students also enjoy making a model of the outdoor play area with clay and sticks.
Inspiration for this activity come from the book Mapmaking with Children, by David Sobel. His book includes research about children’s maps and curriculum related to developing a child’s sense of place. The Osher map library site lists five sequential lesson plans based on Chapter 3 of his book. The lesson plans are listed for grades 1 & 2, but they can certainly be thoughtfully and appropriately adapted for younger students.
On Chebeague Island, Maine, the children in Miss Nancy’s PreK class play Penny Maps inspired by David Sobel’s book, Mapmaking with Children.