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MAP READING SERIES PART TWO: Preparing to Teach a General Overview of a World Map by Marilyn Buehrer, Teacher

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Map of the World by Yuri_B on Pixabay

To teach a general overview of a world map, the materials needed by the students are:

  • Globe (compare/contrast to a world map)
  • Maps (world, North American continent, United States, state, and city)
  • Blank sheets of drawing paper
  • Pencils and crayons

The classroom Bulletin Board should have these maps:

  • the world
  • the North American continent
  • the United States
  • their state
  • their city
  • a compass rose labeled with the cardinal directions.

Add the following vocabulary words and definitions to the bulletin board:

  • Map: a drawing that tells you about a place.
  • Legend or Key: explains what the symbols of the map stand for.
  • Symbol: small drawings on a map that indicate what is in that place.
  • Landmark: something that is easy to find like a mountain or building.
  • Route: a path or road that you will travel.
  • Compass Rose: a symbol that always shows north and most often also includes south, east, and west.
  • Globe: the Earth represented on a sphere.
  • Cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west.
  • Contiguous: sharing boundaries. The 48 states are contiguous.

Part Three will give the teaching instructions.

Marilyn Buehrer was a public-school English teacher in Washington, California, and Arizona, a national motivational speaker and educator to home-schoolers for nearly a decade, as well as a workshop speaker at home school conventions nationwide and at public middle school consortia in Arizona.  She is the developer of Lyric Power Publishing’s comprehensive Workbooks and Activity Sheets.

A wonderful aid to map reading skills and the ability to find your place is Lyric Power Publishing’s comprehensive supplemental workbook My Book on Directions and Prepositions of Place.

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What Does it Mean to be a Teacher by Marilyn Buehrer, Teacher

A teacher’s role is multifaceted. Their job is to counsel students, help them learn how to use their knowledge and integrate it into their lives so they will become valuable members of society. Teachers are encouraged to adapt learning methods to each individual student’s learning style, to challenge and to inspire them to learn.

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Teacher image by Tumisu on Pixabay

Teacher Duties

The duties of an elementary school teacher include:

  • Planning lessons that teach specific subjects such as math, science, and English.
  • Teaching lessons in whole-group or small-group configurations.
  • Assessing and evaluating student’s abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Preparing students for standardized tests.
  • Communicating student progress to parents or, in the case of homeschooling, to the state.
  • Developing and enforcing classroom rules.
  • Supervising children in extracurricular activities such as lunch and recess.
  • Conducting in-class activities.
  • Planning field trips from simple exploratory walks around school activities, to traveling by school bus to activities in the city.

Teacher Standards

Marilyn Buehrer was a public-school English teacher in Washington, California, and Arizona, a national motivational speaker and educator to home schoolers for nearly a decade, as well as a workshop speaker at home school conventions nationwide and at public middle school consortia in Arizona.  She is the developer of Lyric Power Publishing’s comprehensive Workbooks and Activity Sheets.

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Eating Together as a Family Leads to Better Grades by Marilyn Buehrer, Teacher

A father, mother and two children at the dinner table in a room with French doors and windows. Mother is placing a dish on the table.
Family time is related to better grades.

Studies have proven that there’s a significant link between family dinners and academic performance. A report by CASA (Christian Academic Support Association) found that teens who have between five and seven family dinners per week were twice as likely to report receiving mostly A’s and B’s in school, compared to those teens who have fewer than three family dinners per week. In addition, only nine percent of teens who ate frequently with their families did poorly in school, according to the report.”

And the conversations that take place around the dinner table help boost children’s verbal skills and thinking skills.

Marilyn Buehrer is a teacher and creator of Lyric Power Publishing’s comprehensive, fun, and engaging workbooks that bridge the summer gap between school years, stave off the overuse of electronics, and fill in those bored hours on the weekends.

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Books I Loved as a Child by Elaine A. Powers, Author

Facebook had a challenge where you’re supposed to tell the books that most influenced you as a child.  Yes, many of these Facebook activities are to help marketers target you, but this one I thought had additional value. I have many fond memories of books I read as a child, which influenced who I became.

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A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

I was asked, “What was the first book I remember reading to the end?” Robert Louis Stevenson’s, “A Child’s Garden of Verses,” is that book. I enjoyed the poems and the adventures they stimulated in my mind. I read them over and over and enjoyed them each time as if it was the first time.

I have traveled a great deal in my life. Maybe these poems were the first to stir interest in seeing faraway places, especially oceans and their beaches.

Secondly, I am now writing rhyming children’s books. Perhaps these early poems instilled in me the thrill I find in rhyming.

Stevenson’s poems are now in the public domain and several websites have them.  Here is one:

Share them with a child or your inner child.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

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The first full-length novel I remember thoroughly enjoying and finishing was Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” I loved the science mixed with adventure. I read everything I could find that Verne had written. I would compare the science in the books with what was known in modern science.  I was always amazed at how much Verne got right!

I now write my own science-filled adventure tales. Check out the Curtis Curly-tail and Lime Lizard Lads adventures.