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K - 2 Resources in Maps101

Posted on July 18 2021

K - 2 Resources in Maps101

Dear Educators,

Maps101 is an appropriate resource for all grade levels, K-12. This week, we are focusing on content that is especially beneficial to students from kindergarten through second grade. Of course, students in upper elementary may also benefit from these resources as well. We strive to create content that teachers can level up or level down as needed, to fit the wide variety of learning levels within grades.

Field Trip: My Country

Virtual field trips provide an interactive and visual way for students to explore topics. To engage young learners, Maps101 has a special collection that is leveled for K-2 readers. This Field Trip explores basic information about the United States, including symbols of the country, the national anthem, the president, the White House, and more.

VIEW THE FIELD TRIP
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The link below will directly take you to the K-2 Field Trip Collection. There you will find additional Field Trips for this age group, such as “Parks Are Fun” and “All About Maps.” K-2 students should be able to read these with minimal help.

The Early Learner Collection has even more Field Trips for elementary students. This collection features engaging topics, such as fossils, monarch butterflies, life under the sea, and more. 

Note that you should preview these Field Trips to ensure they are level-appropriate for your learners. Even kindergarten students can enjoy the images, however. Some K-2 students will be able to read the information, but most can participate if the content is read aloud. Field Trips are especially stunning projected on a board. You can show students how the images relate to the provided map.

VIEW THE K-2 COLLECTION
VIEW THE EARLY LEARNER COLLECTION
Beginner Maps: My Neighborhood

Mapping and geographic skills are important for students to be exposed to at an early age. As they develop spatial awareness, mapping helps students to organize what they see and experience in the world. This map represents a typical neighborhood. It colorfully shows houses, a park, people, cars, and a map key to help students learn how to read maps at an early age. The street names, such as "Lollipop Lane," are engaging for students. With this map, students can begin to understand classifying, identifying location, and the spatial relationships between places.

VIEW THE MAP

To access the entire Beginner Maps Collection, use this link:

VIEW THE COLLECTION
Geography News Network Junior: Community Helpers

Twenty-first century students need to understand their community, and eventually, their role in their community, in order to be engaged citizens. Early learners start this process by recognizing the types of roles and people that they may find in their community. This exclusive GNN Junior article introduces students to some of these community helpers. The PDF version can be distributed in class. It provides a wider margin for young students to write notes. Use the prompts at the end to develop classroom discussion.

READ THE ARTICLE

GNN Junior Articles

Quickly access the library of GNN Junior articles with this link:

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Early Elementary Worksheets

Maps101 has a collection of early learner worksheets in a variety of subjects. Help students practice concepts such as addition and subtraction, time, short and long vowels, citizenship, and much more.

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K-2 Lesson Plans

Another resource for K-2 teachers is our collection of lesson plans. These plans cover a wide range of subject areas. Use these suggestions in your elementary classroom to further benefit from your school’s Maps101 subscription. Maps101 strives to be your most valuable classroom resource!

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STUDENT ACTIVITIES USING
THIS WEEK’S MAPS101 CONTENT:
 

Listing Use the “My Country” Field Trip to have students identify the topics discussed. They should create a list of the titles of each slide in the bottom channel. Explain to students that these titles help explain what they will be learning about. Then, conduct a classroom vote of which topic from the list students are most interested in. Encourage students to draw an example of their favorite topic. Display student drawings in class.

Illustrating Have students review the My Neighborhood map. Using it as an example, have students draw maps of the neighborhood where your school is located. If necessary and able, take a quick outdoor walk around the school and encourage students to point out landmarks to include on their maps.

Identifying After reading the “Community Helpers” GNN Junior article, encourage students to identify other community helpers in your area. Make sure students understand what jobs these people do and how they benefit the community.

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