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Student Work, Cartographers in the Making

This first week of school my social studies classes have been learning about geography. The second lesson on geography was about Map Skills. One of the activities for Map Skills was drawing their own maps of someplace they knew or making up an imaginary place.

A young lady whom I taught last year in sixth grade asked if she could draw a map of Buzby Island. She'd read The Boy From Buzby Beach and thought it would be fun to make a map of what she imagined Jacques's home to look like. I was flattered and told he drawing a map of Buzby Island would be fine.

Several other students also chose to draw maps of imaginary islands. I was amused by one in particular where the young lady drew a map of an island in the shape of her initial.

DW Davis

If the maps were done carefully and colorfully I posted them up around my room. The students whose maps were chosen were tickled to see them posted. Those whose maps didn't get chosen vowed to do a better job on the next project.

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VinceSummers wrote on August 29, 2015, 2:15 PM

The only connection I have with maps I can recall is the study of them at Drexel University in connection with the mandatory ROTC. I hated ROTC.

valmnz wrote on August 29, 2015, 3:37 PM

That was one of the things I loved doping with my students. Even the younger ones in their first year enjoyed creating treasure islands and pirate maps.

MegL wrote on August 29, 2015, 4:29 PM

It's good fun doing something like that. I remember being asked to do something like that in geography in school but it's very hard making a map from memory, at least I found it so and I don't think I took the teacher's criticism that "the end of the street did not curve round like that", very well. He didn't live there, I did!!!

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 29, 2015, 6:20 PM

I did two years of JROTC in high school and liked it okay. I dropped it my senior year to take more college prep classes.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 29, 2015, 6:22 PM

Some of the students really got into the spirit while a few only did the minimum to get the grade. As I was never one with much artistic talent I never mark a student down for not being able to draw as well as others. As long as their work shows they understand the basics of the concept and they include all the things asked for in the rubric, they'll earn top marks.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 29, 2015, 6:25 PM

I have been learning how to create map overlays on Google Earth and using them to design fictitious towns for my books. It's great fun and helps me keep my frame of reference when describing scenes. The neat thing about using fictitious towns is you can create businesses and characters for the story and don't have to worry that someone will say, "I've been there and that restaurant, club, or store wasn't like that."

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 29, 2015, 8:16 PM

They look very good. Glad all the students were excited about the assignment.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 29, 2015, 9:26 PM

The students always seem to enjoy a chance to draw and color.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 29, 2015, 10:48 PM

None of our teachers had us using crayons or anything by the 7th grade, not even much in the 5th and 6th grades

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 29, 2015, 10:56 PM

Today's seventh graders are on par maturity wise with third graders from 1995. Every year it regresses more. This is a function of the helicopter parents who won't let their kids make mistakes, or teach them to blame others when they do.

bestwriter wrote on August 30, 2015, 2:11 AM

What a great way to teach geoography. Geography was my favourite subject. When I was in school I did learn a little bit about many countries. I was particularly fascinated by the fact that New Zealand had miles and miles of pastures where sheep were seen grazing. You can imagine my joy when as an adult I got to visit that place and see those sheep grazing on miles of miles of pastures.

Paulie wrote on August 30, 2015, 6:29 AM

I think this was a very good exercise, and I especially liked the students having the option of using their imagination to draw a fictitious island.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 30, 2015, 10:11 AM

I have seen that with my niece and nephew. They went into 4-H thinking if they smiled big that they would win for being cute. Mommy taught them that by giving into them when they did it, even if they were in trouble. 4-H and band has helped them both grow up some. But the oldest is still not liking adult hood now that he has graduated lol

AliCanary wrote on August 30, 2015, 7:09 PM

What a creative assignment!l I would have enjoyed doing this.

Shellyann36 wrote on August 30, 2015, 10:32 PM

Those assignments are really interesting. Wish I had such neat assignments when I was in 7th grade history class. There are some nice maps posted.