Help students practice learning throughout their lives (and avoid the summer education slide). Use our weekly GNN articles, so that students can continue to expand their world and their understanding, even during the summer. Maps101 posts articles throughout the year. We don’t stop just because summer is in the air and the heat takes over!
Understanding Relative Location Use the Map of the Week of Washington, D.C., to help students understand relative location by identifying sites on the map in relation to other sites using directions such as north of, southwest of, east of, etc. Have students pair up and have one pick a site while the other student picks a different site. The first person must name the direction to the second site, relative to the first. Then they can swap turns.
Creating a Tour Pamphlet Using what students have learned in this week’s newsletter and what they have researched online, have them create a pamphlet that highlights what visitors can see and do in Washington, D.C. Have students then explain why, as a citizen of the United States, it is important to visit the capital.
Expanding Mapping Skills Refer to the Map of the Week of downtown Washington, D.C. Have students look carefully at the layout of the streets. What do they notice? (The city is laid out in a grid pattern.) Have students research the development of the capital and its design. Then, have them write a short report, with images, that explains the design of the capital. Ensure they include how the map illustrates the intentional design of the city. Advanced students may be interested in further exploring the topic of urban development and what needs to be considered when designing cities, such as green space, adjusting for rivers and other water features, public services, terrain, etc.