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.