This lesson uses five centuries of world maps to show the progression of geographical knowledge in the western world, as well as the advances in the making of maps and globes. Each student will construct a globe showing a fictional planet of their imaginations.
- Grade Levels: 3-5
- Time Allotment: 55 to 65 minutes for classroom visits; 90 to 100 minutes for field trips
- ME Social Studies Standards
- D1: Geographic Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
- E1: Historical Knowledge, Concepts, Themes, and Patterns
Intended to be completed in the classroom before the scheduled field trip or class visit, the pre-teaching activity will give students some familiarity with the terms, ideas, and visuals, that they will see during the actual visit.
Guided Inquiry Exercise
During this portion of the visit, students will be asked to look closely at twelve to twenty maps that fit within the curriculum theme. Each student will need to find:
- something they recognize from previous class lessons or from the pre-teaching activity
- something they find interesting and want to point out to their classmates
- something they would like to know more about
- Optional Worksheet: World Maps Exploration Activity
Examples of Maps Used:
(sets of maps will vary)
OML visit themes have recommended hands-on activities or group-games that can be done in conjunction with the Guided Inquiry exercise.