Active Learning: Adaptation Level

5-8 Lesson

Maps Galore

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Grade Level: 5

Classroom Configuration

Whole group activity, with small groups using mobile laptops simultaneously

Arizona State Content Standards

Social Studies

  • Strand 4: Geography
    • Concept 1: The World in Spatial Terms
      • PO 1: Interpret information from a variety of maps:
        • contour
        • population density
        • natural resource
        • historical maps
      • PO 2: Locate features in the world (e.g., continents, waterways, mountain ranges, cities) on a map using latitude and longitude.
      • PO 3: Identify the location of significant geographic features from content studied on a physical or political map.
      • PO 4: Locate physical and human features (e.g., gulf, delta, isthmus, strait, bay, canyon, swamp, peninsula, province, cape, tree line) in the United States and world on an appropriate type of map.
      • PO 6: Construct maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information.

Arizona Common Core Standards: ELA

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

5.SL.5

Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Production and Distribution of Writing

5.W.6

Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

Arizona Educational Technology Standards (2009)

  • Strand 1: Creativity and Innovation
    • Concept 4: Original Works
      • PO 1: Create Innovative products or projects using digital tools to express original ideas.
      • PO 2: Use digital collaborative tools to synthesize information, produce original works, and express ideas.

Objectives

  • Students will compare and contrast types of maps using a Venn diagram comparing two of the types of maps.
  • Students will create a presentation about one of the types of maps and all of its features using a digital tool.

Procedure

  • After learning about the geographic features listed in the SS Standard above, students will interpret the information about maps in small groups. (one computer, 2-3 students)
  • This lesson will be after the initial learning and research has taken place. Students can use a search engine such as Sweet Search (www.sweetsearch.com) using Maps as the key word for more information. (Note that Google Squared has been discontinued by Google.)
  • Using the ReadWriteWeb Venn Diagram Tool,

http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/venn/ students sill create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting two of the types of maps.

  • Using one of the tools listed students will choose one of the types of maps and create a detailed, visually creative and informative product with the following topics within it:
    • Type of Map
    • Key purpose of the Map
    • Key features, either physical, political, human or geographical, (depending on the type of map)
    • Professions that use the type of map
    • One chart that displays geographical information

Materials

Assessment

  • Students will share out their ideas after they complete their products. Using the site http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php teachers can create rubric for the multi-media presentations, as well as self-assesment.

Technology Integration Matrix

Active

Authentic

Goal Directed