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Map that house

How you can help at home: Practice beginning mapping skills with your first-grader by mapping your house onto graph paper.

By Donna Adkins, Consulting Educator

To introduce children to maps, use your home as a starting point. This activity is designed to practice beginning mapping skills. Children will learn that a map is a representation of an area.

What You'll Need:

Paper (graph or plain)
Pencils
Crayons

Here's How to Do It

Use the graph paper and draw an outline of your home. Fill in the room locations. Don't worry about getting it exactly to scale.

If you wish, you can then place drawings on the map to represent furnishings. Ask your child simple questions about where certain things would be located on the map. As an extension of this activity, work out an escape plan in case of emergencies. Teach your child a couple of ways to get out of the house, using the map to develop the plan.

Donna Adkins was Arkansas Teacher of the Year in 2004 and is a National Board Certified Teacher. She is currently a kindergarten teacher in Arkansas, has experience teaching grades K-3 and is the mother of a sixth-grader.

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