Teaching Kids How to Read a Map: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

April 22, 2014

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Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maze Ways by Roxie Munro
  • What is a Map / Cartography
  • Physical Maps, Political Maps, Thematic Maps
  • How to Read a Map: symbols, key, legend, scale
  • Mapping Activity: Draw a Map of Your Room to Scale

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Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maze Ways by Roxie Munro

Why we love this book:

Maze Waysmakes reading maps FUN! A is for a map of the Airport, B is for a map of a  Boatyard, C is for a map of the Circus . . . . “Every letter forms its own maze, and each of these alpha-adventures comes with directions that guide you through from start to finish.” This is one of those books where I want to show you EVERY page. From the paths of a jungle to a road that takes you to the top of a mountain peak, children are guided from left to right from waterfall to bridge until they reach their destination.

Teaching Kids How to Read a Map from waddleeahchaa.com

Each page begins with an introduction to the map and a challenge to get from point A to point B. Kids are instructed to first use their finger to navigate their way. Then they are sent on a mapping scavenger hunt:

    • find 4 school buses
    • a milk truck
    • 3 horses
    • a bicycle
    • a person
    • etc, etc, etc

Geography for Kids Lesson 6

Mapping Activity: Draw a Map of Your Room to Scale

Teaching Kids How to Read a Map from waddleeahchaa.com

Supplies

  • A Child’s Introduction to the World by Heather Alexander p. 20-23
  • Mapping Books
  • FREE printable: Geography Graphing Paper
  • colored pencils
  • tape measure

Mapping Penny's World

Step 1: How to Read A Map

  • Read Aloud A Child’s Introduction to The World by Heather Alexander
  • Read Aloud Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen Leedy
  • Concepts:
    • What is a Map / Cartography
    • Physical Maps, Political Maps, Thematic Maps
    • How to Read a Map: symbols, key, legend, scale

Teaching Kids How to Read a Map from waddleeahchaa.com

Mapping My Room, MacGyver, age 10

Step 2: Measure & Map Your Room

  • FREE printable: Geography Graphing Paper
  • Scale: each square of our graph paper equals 1 foot
  • The kiddos used a tape measure to measure the dimensions of their room.
  • Next, they measured and drew the doorway, rugs and furniture.
  • MacGyver was able to this activity independently.

Teaching Kids How to Read a Map from waddleeahchaa.com

Mapping My Room, Miss Enigma, age 7

  • I helped Miss Enigma with her tape measure.
  • She then counted the squares on her graph and drew her furniture.

Maps, Charts, Graphs Geography Series from waddleeahchaa.com

For day to day, year round mapping skills, I recommend last Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Maps, Charts, Graphs by Modern Press. The books progress from level to level.

Teaching Kids How to Read a Map from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Maze Ways by Roxie Munro

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Are you good at following directions and maps? Funny, this skill seems easy for some and hard for others.  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, April 27, 2014

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, May 28, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

 

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Kelly at Little Wonders' Days April 23, 2014 at 10:27 am

Maze Ways looks like a really great book. I love the idea of mapping their room. Thanks for sharing at the After School Link Up.

tammy cordery April 23, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I think I am okay with maps.

Claire Annette Noland April 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

I love maps! Actually, I was a geography major in college and took a number of cartography classes. I am a firm believer that every home should have a world map hung on a wall near the dinner table. it is amazing how this helps children make sense of the news, history and gain a great spatial understanding.
And to answer your question, yes I am good at following directions and maps. I keep maps in the car – I prefer them over a gps because I like the broader perspective. I enjoyed this post.

Tara H April 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I’m ok with maps. I love the idea of mapping the kids’ rooms.

Jeannine April 24, 2014 at 3:09 pm

For older kids, you can also have them map the neighborhood or draw a map that goes from point A to B.

Dawn G April 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Not a 2d paper map, unfortunately.

Tiffany April 26, 2014 at 7:59 am

I’m ok but not an expert like my mother.

Elizabeth April 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Needless to say I am into charts! Very cool!
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