To interpret simple maps of familiar locations and to describe relative positions of key features. Know: directional language (diagonally, horizontally, vertically, steps) positional language (between, next to, above, below, right, left, beside, under, over, through) the 4 basic directions (North, East, South, West) maps provide us with a bird’s eye view of a location and not a picture of that place.
Introducing students to the concept of maps as representations of places at a young age is important. Modeling the use of maps in and out of school can help students to recognize the value of maps and gain confidence with them. Using maps of places that are familiar to students will strengthen their spatial thinking skills before learning about states, countries, and continents. Use the prompts below to introduce the maps to students.
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