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Curriculum Tables

Laura Schad
Curriculum planning chart

Generative Topic (Blythe et al, 1998): Maps


Concept

Standard

The student will


understand
Enduring
Understanding
Maps can be used
to better understand
our world because
they are a means of
communicating
information and
expressing ideas
and provide
common
language in our
global society.

Essential
Questions
How can a map
help me understand
my world?
How do we use
maps? What do
maps look like?
Skill strand Map
key reading,
compass rose
reading

PA CC History
- CC.8.5.6-8.G: Integrate
visual information (e.g.,
in charts, graphs,
photographs, videos, or
maps) with other
information in print and
digital texts.
PA CC: English
Language Arts
- CC.1.2: Students read,
understand, and respond
to informational texts
with emphasis on
comprehension, making
connections among ideas
and between texts with
focus on textual
evidence.
PA: Geography
- 7.1.6.A: Describe how
common geographic
tools are used to
organize and interpret
information about
people, places, and
environment.

Subject: Social studies

Name: Laura Schad

Assessment:

Facts

Skills

Problems to pose

Evidence of student
learning

Students will
know

Students will be able


to

Guiding questions

- Ability to make
observations
regarding compass
rose based on
presentation and
lecture

- The four direction


markers North,
South, East, and
West and what a
compass rose is.

- Identify the
relative location of
an object on a map
using a compass
rose.

- We live in South
Philadelphia, which
way is North
Philadelphia? West?
East?

- What a map key is


that symbols,
fonts, or lines carry
meaning and can
help one decipher
the information on a
map. [A translation]

- Identify a map key


and use its
information to
read a map
understand what
information the map
is providing

- How do we know
what direction we
are facing? How can
we tell where
something is relative
to our location?

- Ability to record
directions on
Kimball Map
- Responses and
discussions about
Kimball Map
activity
- Ability to identify
and understand
symbols on a map
as described by the
map key.
- Ability to identify
what information
the map presents,
and what
information is
missing.

- While maps
provide information,
there is also
information that
maps do
not provide.

- What is an acronym
we might use to
remember N,S,E,W?
- Where would you
look if you did not
know what your map
was saying?
- What are the
benefits of using
symbols? How do
they help us read a
map?

Activities:

- Prezi presentation
& lecture: Compass
rose
- Kimball Map
Reading: Using a
floor map of the
fictitious town of
Kimball, students
will use the
provided compass
rose to answer
questions about
relative location.
- Debrief
- Prezi presentation
& lecture: Map key
- Group work:
students will be split
into four groups.
One group will look
at a map of world
environments,
another group a map
of US population
distribution. The
third group will look
at a map of NYC
tourist attractions,
and the fourth group
will look at a map of
Yellowstone
national Park.
Students will
analyze the map key
on each map and list
what information

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their map provides,
and what
information is
missing.