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Grades K-2

Kindergarten

Relative Directions (PDF, 86 KB)
Common terms used with relative direction to post in your class. Terms with images coming soon.
Lesson_We all went on safari (PDF, 267 KB)
SS TEKS K(11)A, K(12)AB, 1(5)B, 1(15)A, 2(7)D, 3(5)B, 6(4)C
In this activity, students will analyze text from "We all went on safari." Using this information, students will create maps that depict the physical features and animals that inhabit the region, Tanzania.

Most resources come from Primary-school Geography at ourspatialbrains.com

K(4) Near or Far (external pdf)

K(4) Models and Maps (external pdf) 

K(4) Exploring Maps and Models of Earth (external) (NGS)

Primary classroom geography kit (external pdf)

 

1st Grade

Cardinal Directions (PDF, 94 KB)
Cardinal directions (N, S, E, W) to post on your classroom walls.
Lesson Plan_Wangaris trees of peace (PDF, 716 KB)
SS TEKS 1(15)A, 2(13)D, 6(7)B. In this activity, students will analyze text from "Wangaris' trees of peace". Using this information, students will create maps that depict the cultural behaviors in other parts of the world, through the eyes of a chosen character in the texts.
Lesson_We all went on safari (PDF, 267 KB)
SS TEKS K(11)A, K(12)AB, 1(5)B, 1(15)A, 2(7)D, 3(5)B, 6(4)C
In this activity, students will analyze text from "We all went on safari." Using this information, students will create maps that depict the physical features and animals that inhabit the region, Tanzania.
Lesson_Mama Panya (PDF, 624 KB)
SS TEKS 1(7)B, 3(6)B Students analyze the text in "Mama Panya's pancakes" a village tale from Kenya. Using this information, students create maps that depict the cultural/economic behaviors in other parts of the world, through the eyes of a chosen character(s) in the texts.

1(4)AB The Sun, Earth, and Cardinal Directions (external, NGS)

1(5)A Mapping the Classroom (external, NGS)

1(6) Models of Landforms and Water (external, pdf, NASA) 

 

2nd Grade

Lesson Plan_Wangaris trees of peace (PDF, 716 KB)
SS TEKS 1(15)A, 2(13)D, 6(7)B. In this activity, students will analyze text from "Wangaris' trees of peace". Using this information, students will create maps that depict the cultural behaviors in other parts of the world, through the eyes of a chosen character in the texts.
Lesson_We all went on safari (PDF, 267 KB)
SS TEKS K(11)A, K(12)AB, 1(5)B, 1(15)A, 2(7)D, 3(5)B, 6(4)C
In this activity, students will analyze text from "We all went on safari." Using this information, students will create maps that depict the physical features and animals that inhabit the region, Tanzania.

Coming soon.

Teacher Resources

The following resources are useful for many grades or provides additional information for teachers.

Map Skills for Elementary Students (external site)
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Spatial Thinking About Maps (external site)
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Primary School Geography
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Questions to Promote Spatial Thinking in Early Grades and in Later Grades (external site)
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