Third graders are finishing their unit on map-reading this week. There are so many things I take for granted as a map-user, things that need explanation for their understanding. So, I began the instruction with a review of terminology and a demonstration about ways to locate places. Common misunderstandings included
* What is meant by the "North Shore" of our state (aka "the Arrowhead")
* How the interstate highways cross the U.S.
* What is meant by "borders", as in "Which state borders our state at Moorhead?"
Two independent students choose to work in an isolated each week. They are quite proud of the way they display the map and wanted to be in this photograph! I just love watching their map skills develop.