Saturday, May 5, 2012

Work Those Maps: Build Writing

I have my students practice reading the map filled with their words. Then we build it in a pocket chart which provides them with important practice with the language of the map. You can put all your academic vocabulary here and the children will have an opportunity to use it, in context. From here they are making their own map and drawing the American flag. We had several guided drawing lessons so they can do this with ease. However, those stars can be rough road for some... just sayin'. So I give them other options because the goal is not to make amazing stars!


applesandabcs said...

I love all you do with those maps! I am forever a fan!! :) I have to tell you about visiting my old school in Santa Ana...

Lori Rosenberg said...

Fran, I absolutely love this! Thanks for posting pictures!

Lori (
Teaching With Love and Laughter

msdora162 said...

Love it. Hope you will post this and the plant or veggie one soon. Good luck with your other endeavors. Pray for us in Florida - our state government is not pro teacher.

Cindy said...

Love this! Would love to see the unit too! Thanks for the great visuals Fran!

Ms. Lopez said...

Oh, I wish you could be a trainer in my district in using thinking maps!!

Coloring Outside The Lines

Kindergarten Kathy said...

I teach my students how to make stars using three steps.
Step 1- Make a capital A and give him long arms. (The middle line will extend out to look like arms.)
Step 2- Make the right hand touch the left toe.
Step 3- Make the left hand touch the right toe.
This is an easy way to draw a star. My kids put them on their papers and distinguish their best letter or word that they have written.
Kindergarten Kathy