We started our mapping study by re-reading Me on the Map by Joan Sweeny. We did several activities years ago with this that you can read about
This time L made a map of her bedroom. I love how she drew her chair from a bird's eye view!
We also read the fantastic book Follow that Map by Scot Ritchie . The book follows a group of children looking for their pets through all different types of maps.
I brought out of a map of our town and L and I took turns giving each other compass directions to different places. We also looked in our family atlas (which happens to be from 1965!!!) and enjoyed seeing how different countries had changed names and borders. The population maps were also very interesting!
Next up was making a treasure map. We found some wonderful tutorials on Youtube that we followed. Below is L's treasure map. She wrote the directions to the treasure on the back of the map.
We talked about topographical and physical maps and then prepared to make a physical map of Africa. Once again looking at the atlas and maps on the Internet L sketched out different landforms on a small map of Africa.
I then drew an outline of Africa on a big piece of card stock and L added in all of the landforms. She used modelling clay for the mountains, embroidery thread for the rivers, felt for the lakes and sparkles for the deserts. So much fun!
After she completed the landforms she made a legend and labelled all of the major rivers, lakes, mountains and deserts.