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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Map Reading


Third graders have been exploring our state via old maps from the Department of Transportation. The first lesson is about how to unfold and and fold a map! They understand conceptually what mountain and valley folds, but when it comes time to actually do the unfolding and folding, things do not seem to go smoothly. One usually quiet girl finished and proudly flipped her perfectly folded map into my hands and said, "Piece of cake!" Another told me in a whisper after others had departed, "I'm really glad you showed us how to do it!"

7 comments:

  1. I love these postcards from various states. Isn't this mural in the History Museum or am I mistaken?

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  2. When I was a fourth grade teacher, during our Minnesota unit we also taught students how to fold their maps. They then went home and proudly taught their parents how to do so...and I think the parents were glad for the lesson!

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    1. It seems like such a basic concept, but I am always surprised with the folds if I do not explain the process first!

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  3. would you give me a lesson when you come to visit? when the girl said, "piece of cake" i thought perhaps you were giving out slices to each person who completed the job. haha.

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    1. We can fold and bake cake, Brattcat!

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  4. I think I need you to show *me* how . . .

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