Today's geography lesson was adapted from the Better Than Breadcrumbs : Maps and Symbols lesson plan found at eduref.org.
your favorite re-telling of Hansel and Gretel
breadcrumbs, or a group of items to represent breadcrumbs
a map of the room for each student
How to Draw Maps and Charts by Pam Beasant and Alastair Smith (or another book about maps)
a physical map, a political map, and a road map
1 ~ Read your favorite re-telling of Hansel and Gretel to your student(s).
2~ Have the student(s) act out the story using bread crumbs, then discuss why Hansel and Gretel used flint stones and breadcrumbs in the story.
3 ~ Have the student(s) navigate from one location in the room to another. Have them use different colored markers/crayons on their room map to show each path taken. Examples:
From the couch to the school desk. (orange)
From the bookcase to the doorway. (blue)
From the white board to the easel. (green)
4 ~ Discuss how a map can be used to let people know how to find their way from one location to another.
5 ~ Read the portions of How to Draw Maps and Charts that apply. ( pages 2, 4-11, 26 in the 1993 version we own)