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Create A Park Map

Christy Clanton
Bay District Schools

Description

Students design the ultimate park experience for Florida families as they demonstrate their knowledge of map legend skills.

Objectives

The student uses electronic technology, including word-processing software and electronic encyclopedias, to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.

The students uses maps, globes, charts, graphs, and other geographic tools including map keys and symbols to gather and interpret data and to draw conclusions about physical patterns.

Materials

-Supply of Florida State Park maps
-Overhead, transparency, and pen for recording class ideas for Outstanding Park Map criteria
-Paper and pencil for each student
-Skinny markers for final map copies
-Computer workstations loaded with a publishing software such as Microsoft Publisher and scanning/printing capabilities
-Student and teacher copies of Outstanding Park Map Scoring Rubric (See Associated File)

Preparations

1. Gather Florida State Park maps
2. Set up overhead, transparency, etc.
3. Set up computer workstations with Microsoft Publisher preloaded at each station.
4. Make two copies per student of the Outstanding Park Map Scoring Rubric (See Associated File).

Procedures

1. Students study samples of authentic maps from Florida state parks during a thematic study of an area such as the Everglades.

2. Teacher leads discussion of the criteria for an Outstanding Park Map. The teacher records all suggestions from the class. Then the class clarifies each criteria. The criteria are then individually looked at as to whether each qualifies as something achievable by the class as they create their own outstanding state park map. The agreed-upon criteria become the criteria listed for our Outstanding Park Map Scoring Rubric (See Associated File).

3. Students work individually on their first draft of their maps.

4. Students share their first draft map copies at their team tables.

5. Revisions are made to the draft copies.

6. Students create their final map drawings, yet save their legend ideas for the word-processing center.

7. Legends are word-processed in a publishing software such as Microsoft Publisher and maps are scanned into the flier format. Fliers are printed.

8. Students and teacher utilize the class-created Outstanding Park Map Scoring Rubric to evaluate their maps (See Associated File).

Assessments

Student and teacher assessment using Outstanding Park Map Scoring Rubric (See Associated File)
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