Thursday, February 10, 2011

Me on the Map

We are in the middle of our map unit. The kids have a really hard time remembering which is the city, state, country, etc. Here is a visual project that might help from my awesome team member, Robi. First, I found our school on Google Earth and slowly zoomed out. Then we made this project.
Our School
 Our Street
 Our City
 Our State {I gave them pictures of the state flower and bird so they could draw one}
 Our Country
 Our Continent
 Our Planet {The templates were copied so the kids just cut and pasted.}
***Edited to add that I didn't share the templates because this idea was my friend Robi's not mine. However, after a zillion requests, we teamed up to put the directions for this project and the rest of our map unit into a 40 page packet. You can check it out {here.}


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70 comments:

  1. I love this idea. This is very hard for my ELL students to grasp. I think I will try this with them later in the year. Thanks.

    Ms. M
    www.msk1ell.blogspot.com

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  2. I completed a Me on the Map study ealier this year and I wish I had made this visual aid. I will absolutely use it next year! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I will definitely be using this visual soon! Thanks for the idea!

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  4. This is fantastic! We've already done our Me on the Map unit this year, but I will definitely be using this next year!

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  5. Oooh I like it! Definitely saving for next year.

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  6. Very cute idea! I haven't taught this yet so I am definitely going to make these little books!
    http://firstgradebrain.blogspot.com

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  7. What a great project for next year!!!!

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  8. We do a similar project when we do that story. This one is cute!

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  9. This is a great idea! I will use this next year for sure.

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  10. What size are your circles? I would love to do this next week. We are starting our mapping unit. Too cute!

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  11. Rikki,
    The largest oval is 10.5 inches, then they get smaller by an inch. :-)

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  12. I love this. Our reader has a story with that name. We just did it last week. It is on the list for next year.

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  13. Thank you for sharing this activity! My 4th graders still have trouble with this concept. I will be using it. Thanks! :D

    http://frogsandcupcakes.blogspot.com/

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  14. It is a hard concept for first graders. I have a set of nesting boxes I use to teach how a house is in a street, which is in a city, etc.

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  15. I am using this idea for a socials studies learning center for my grad program! I LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing it :)

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  16. How fantastic is this!!
    Also how random. I am from San Jose, worked as the director for the YMCA Child Care Center on the Hacienda campus some 14 years ago. Loved that school and that area.
    Thank you for sharing this project, it is a must do with my son.

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  17. What a great activity!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  18. I love this - I want to link it on my facebook page for others to see if that's OK!

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  19. Jenn--LOVE this and cannot wait to do it tomorrow w/ my kiddos. Hope it's okay that I'll link back to you on the circle template I created (made mine circles v ovals) and on my site when I write about it. Awesome!

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  20. I referred folks over here after writing about using Me on the Map as a Mentor Text for Writing. I'm hoping that is OK with you. I should have asked first. This activity is so cool!
    http://thewritehandedteacher.blogspot.com/2011/08/mentor-text-madness-day-2.html
    ~Kitty
    The Write Handed Teacher

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  21. I absolutely adore this idea!! We do something similar every year but this is MUCH more visual!! Will be doing that this week for sure!

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  22. I love this! I could even use it for 3rd grade! How did you attach it together? Maybe a brad?

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  23. Brad or staple, whichever you prefer.

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  24. Cute, wish you had a template of the circles. But I think I will try to give it a whirl with my 2nd graders!

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  25. Very cute! I love that you have actual maps of your state and our country right on the page! Thanks for sharing!
    Rebecca
    teachingfirst-abc.blogspot.com

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  26. Any way you could share your templates for your Stae (CA), U.S., and North America maps? I am also in CA and I would love to do this project, nbut don;t ahve a book with those maps! Thanks!

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  27. I love it! I've bookmarked it for our unit this coming year. Thanks so much for posting!

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  28. Following you and love your ideas!

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  29. What did you use to trace the circles? I know if I do it by hand how it would turn out. :(

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  30. Wonderful. We will share it with our FB friends.

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  31. Very cute. Thanks for the idea!!

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  32. Thanks for sharing such a cute idea

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  33. I did this activity with my kiddos yesterday. They got so excited as I passed out each circle and they got smaller and smaller! Thanks for the idea!

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  34. I am starting this next week! Thanks for sharing!

    Gracie
    www.livinglargeinfirst.blogspot.com

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  35. I am excited to try it! I think it will help the kiddos remember more since it is so visual!

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  36. I am excited to try it! I think it will help the kiddos remember more since it is so visual!

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  37. LOVE this idea! I too am in the Bay Area & would LOVE a copy of your maps and/or templates! Is there any chance I could send you a SASE for a copy? Thanks for always sharing your fun ideas!

    Molly

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  38. I use nesting boxes for the Me on the Map Book! We have a little person cutout that "travels" to each box. When the firsties nest the boxes it really concrete the idea that their address is smaller than the world. :)

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  39. WOW! J'adore l'idée! C'est vraiment chouette! Je vais réaliser le projet avec mes jeunes c'est certain! Thanks.

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  40. Love the visual on this! How fun.

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  41. What a super visual. I am in Sunnyvale, and would love a copy of your templates. will you post them?
    Terry
    Cumberland School

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  42. Would also love a copy of your templates!!

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  43. Is there anyway I could get a template for this activity? I have the Me on a Map book and thought this would be the perfect writing activity to go with it!

    Thanks,
    Jill Russell
    JillLRussell@gmail.com

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  44. I teach 4th grade and we are studying California and locating California's global address. I'm going to do the earth, continent, country and state pages to add to our unit project - A CA Atlas.

    Could you please email me the templates? mrs_mouse@comcast.net

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  45. I absolutely love it! how can I adapt this for my fifth graders?

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  46. Can I get a copy of the templates please? Thanks!
    Jessica.clark@dalton.k12.ga.us

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  47. Can I get the templates as well? :) mistynewsome at gmail dot com

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  49. Love the idea!! Will be using it in about 2 weeks. Can I get a copy of your templates??? PLEASE!!!

    samanthahoda@att.net

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  50. Such a great idea! Would really love to do this with my special ed. class. May I also have a copy of your template? Sania.malisa@gmail.com

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    1. Love it! I've been trying to recreate it but it's taking way too long. Any way I can get the templates as well? Thanks for the great idea!
      erica.empson@lmsvsd.k21.ca.us

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  52. I love this idea! Please send me a copy of the template.
    wtroutman@gocats.org

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  53. I would love the template as well. This lesson would help my ELL students especially. Thanks for sharing!

    krissylynnwilliams@hotmail.com

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  54. Would love the templates! Thank you! ginamc04@yahoo.com

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  55. Perfect for my second graders! Can I get a copy of the templates as well? mindy.coon@lcps.org

    thanks!

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  56. I would also love the templates, please. mlelden@verizon.net

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  57. We're attempting this in our kindergarten/1st grade charter class. :-) So excited to see what they come up with. If you're sending the templates I'd love to have them also. kdmiller.design@gmail.com

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    1. What a fabulous idea!! I teach second grade and would LOVE to do this activity with my students in our mapping unit. Would you consider sharing the template with me please? If so, my email is cmaloney@usj.edu Thank you so much!

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  58. May I have a template as well? riavasilia@hotmail.com

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  59. May I have the template? wigginsj3@gmail.com. Thanks

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  60. I would love the templates just as so many before me
    molly.b.lippert@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  61. I would love to get the templates to this great activity please too.
    Santellj@gmail.com

    Thanks

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  62. I would love to get the templates to this great activity please too.
    Santellj@gmail.com

    Thanks

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  63. Love this! We started this project today If you want to have a look it's here http://anordinary-life.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/the-great-escape.html

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