Giving Directions

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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    Materials or Fees

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Question and Wonder:

  • How do you recognize where you are in your neighborhood or town?
  • Does everyone use the same landmarks to find their way around that you do? Why do you think that?
  • What is a landmark? What makes a good one for directions?
  • How would you tell someone to get to your school? or your home?

Imagine and Design:

  • Draw directions for someone to your favorite spot in your neighborhood or town. How will you explain to them on a piece of paper how to get there?
  • Will you use landmarks? Street names? Both?
  • What are some important items to include on your map of directions?

Test and Discuss:

  • Test out your directions with family and friends. How easy was your spot to find? What would you change?
  • Ask friends and family to create a map of directions to their favorite place. How easy was it to find?

Did you Know?

Maps are not just for giving directions. They can be used to find out all kinds of things: weather patterns, geographical details, populations and more.

Extension Activity:

Go to the library and check out an atlas. Explore the maps in the atlas. Why are there so many different maps? What do they all show?

What other maps can you design to show the different things about your neighborhood?


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