1. Discussion of the different kinds of maps with which the students
2. Teacher may ask the students to bring in maps.
3. Divide the class into groups and have students chart the similarities
and differences of their maps.
4. Each group reports to the class.
Learning about and from maps.
What can maps tell us about the continent of Asia and the individual
countries India, China, and Japan?
creating their own maps, as well as analyzing maps of Asia, students
will identify key elements of a map (scale, kinds of features, symbols,
orientation) and how those functions influence how it serves as a resource.
Photocopies of the map
Students’ verbal responses, student maps
1. Begin by discussing the different types of maps students have seen.
Make a list or chart. Next discuss why maps can be useful. Teacher may
need to bridge the discussion between maps used in daily life and those
of countries and continents.
2. Discuss the ways that maps convey information. Teachers will discuss
distance scale, use of different colors, and lines to show boundaries.
3. Using the map of Asia, teacher will lead a discussion: What kinds
of information we can learn from this map? Discussion will focus on:
neighboring countries and boundaries, surrounding bodies of water, internal
topography—mountains and rivers, relation to the equator.
4. Divide the class into small groups. Each group will concentrate on
one country to determine as much information as possible. Each group
presents an oral report to the class.
Ask students to map out their own neighborhood, town or city. Students
should incorporate as many mapping features (i.e. distance scale, colors)
as they can.
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