Close Read of Pictures
I ask: Does anyone know what a map is? Have you ever seen a map?
We discuss what a map is. We turn to pages 5-6 in Boomer Goes to School and look closely at the pictures. I think aloud: In the top left corner I see what looks like a bus. I think it is a bus because it is yellow and it has windows. There are also students getting off of the bus from the door.
I explain: These illustrations are very similar to maps. We are looking OVER the school's entrance to see what it looks like as a whole. Who wants to tell me what they see in the picture?
I take student observations and challenge them with guided inquiry to encourage students to think more deeply about what they see in the picture through analysis and evidence: What does that tell you about what is happening in the story at this point? Who agrees with ___? Who disagrees with ___?
I like to show students a map of our state and a map of our country. We have both in our social studies program, so I just use our flip chart. We discuss where our state is in relation to the country. I say: This is a map of our country. What is our country's name? Does anyone know what state we live in? Our state is in our country. it is one of these little parts. Which part on the map is our state?
This is a website that has fantastic videos that bring the curriculum to life! We watch this video on Models_and_Maps and students learn the differences between models and maps and what we learn from each.
Multi-Media in Common Core
We see multi media addressed throughout Common Core. As our students get older and we prepare them for college and career, it will be important for them to be comfortable with different forms of media. We also want them to be able to listen for information and be actively engaged through media. Presenting the story through video meets all of those needs!
Boomer Goes to School video
We watch the video of Boomer Goes to School.
I prompt: We are going to watch a video of Boomer Goes to School! I want you to pay close attention to the details in the pictures that tell you where Boomer is at. Let's see if we can find the pictures that look like maps! We looked at them in the book, raise your hand if you see them in the video! I will pause the video when we see the picture that represents where Boomer is.
I pause the video that shows the overhead view of the school and hallway. I ask: Where is Boomer? How do you know? (we see a school bus, a hallway, students, stairs and classroom doors-they are at school)
Because we discussed this yesterday, this discussion is a quick revisit to set the stage for mapping.
Let's Map Our Classroom!
Using http://teacher.scholastic.com/tools/class_setup/ , we build our classroom right as a group! What I like about this site is that you can even place students right where they sit in the room!
I use directional words like right/left, front/back, center and next to in order to place the items in our classroom. This site is so easy to use! You can rotate and size items as you place them in your room.
I discuss with kids how we use basic shapes to represent objects around us. I print the map for students to label and/or color code.
*HINT* If you cannot print from your classroom, you can create the map before the lesson and have it printed and ready to go. However, I would still ‘create’ the map with the kids to look just like the one I had ready!
Coding the Map
I have a printed map on the document camera and students have one at their desks. We now color code items in our room. I say: Let's start with the doors. How many doors do we have in our classroom? (2) Let's color those black. Watch me as I color the doors black.
I model how to color the doors on the document camera and direct: Now you color our two doors black on your map. As students are coloring, I quickly sweep the room to check for understanding.
I continue: Boys and girls, crayons down, eyes on me. Now let's color our tables where we sit. (Each of my tables are identified by a color) What color is our first table by the front door? (red) I walk over and stand by the red table. This is the red table. Is it by the front door or the back door? (front) Is it on the left side of the room or the right? (right) Ok, so let me go back to my map and I am going to look for the table that is by the front door on the right side of the room.
I go back to my map on the document camera. I touch it on the map and say: I am going to color this table red because it is by the front door on the right side of our map.
I continue in the same fashion until all of the items we put on our map are color coded:
student desks-red, yellow, green
small group table-traced brown
This is a very basic map of our classroom. I want the students to get the idea of a visual representation of a space and how we identify items in that space.
I conclude: How is our map similar to the one we saw in Boomer Goes to School?