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The Unit Plan: Follow that Map
Essential Question/Big Idea:
How and why I use maps to get around?
Meaningful Text(s): Me on the Map, by Joan Sweeny, Follow that Map: A First Book of Mapping, by Scot Ritchie, Around the World: A Colorful Atlas for kids, by Anita Ganeri
Learning Outcomes:
Students Will:
  • Tell about how the pictures help me to understand the text.
Alignment with standards:
LAFS.K.RI.3.7: With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the text in which they appear (e.g., what person, place, thing, or idea in the text an illustration depicts). 
LAFS.K.RI.3.8: With prompting and support, identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.
Geography Standards:
G.1.1, G.1.2, G1.3, G.1.4, G.2.1,G.3.1, G.3.2
Anchor 1
Written and Artistic Processes/Products
  1. Chalk Talk strategie with the question, "What is a map?"
  2. Vocabulary Tableaus​
  3. Entering text: In table groups do See, Think, Wonder using pictures from the texts
  4. Thinking strategy: TLC, what do you think, what did you learn, how has your thinking changed?
  5. Pair-Share and Turn and Talk
Formative Assessments - 
Looking and listening for understanding of…
  1. maps and prior knowledge of maps
  2. vocabulary essential for understanding the text
  3. key details and facts
  4. different types of maps and their purposes
  5.  the texts and components and usefullness of maps 
MORE: See entire Unit Plan
Culminating Performance/Exhibition/Student Work
Students were able to demonstrate their understanding by working in groups to create their own maps.  They then presented their maps to the class.
Above: Culminating event for the month long unit on Native Americans brought kindergarteners and first graders come together to sing songs about their history and share a “Thanksgiving” snack.
Left: Unit Rubric
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