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An Atlas of Health Care

Christy Clanton
Bay District Schools


Partner teams utilize programs such as Street Atlas USA and Student Writing Center software packages to research and publicize an alphabetical directory of maps that indicates the precise location of the health care facilities.


The student knows how to locate resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.

The student knows various methods for communicating health information and ideas (eg., through oral or written reports).

The student knows the community agencies that advocate healthy individuals, families, and communities (eg., health department and volunteer agencies).

The student uses alphabetical and numerical systems (for example, outlining to organize information).

The student writes for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes (for example, journals to reflect upon ideas, reports to describe scientific observations).

The student uses electronic technology to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information (including but not limited to word-processing software, electronic encyclopedias).


-Chart paper
-Student copies of current list of local community health resources and addresses (see Teacher Preparation)
-Signal converter to connect TV to computer
-Individual computer stations
-Mapping prgram such as Street Atlas U.S.A. software
-Student Writing Center, publishing software from The Learning Company or other publishing software
-Printer and printer supplies
-Class book-binding materials and supplies


1. Gather materials, such as chart paper, markers.
2. Locate and secure student copies of the list of community health care facilities currently available in the local area. The local telephone directory's community information section has a subsection listing community service numbers.
3. Pre-load software on the large screen TV/Computer presentation model and at the individual computer stations.
4. Arrange copying services for class copies of the atlas.


1. The teacher leads the class in brainstorming a list of “what we know” about community health resources available in our area. The brainstormed list is recorded by the teacher on chart paper. The list is then cut apart into strips and re-organized in alphabetical order.

2. Then the teacher gives each student a copy of the local community health resources to expand the class knowledge of the area’s health resources. The class reads the list together.

3. The teacher divides the class into cooperative teams of two. Each team selects one or two names of local health agencies about whom to research and write.

4. The teacher shows the class how to use a mapping program, such as Street Atlas U.S.A., in creating a map of the “actual route” to the agency from the school’s location. This is done by typing in the school’s address as the point of origin and the health agency’s address as the point of destination.

5. Additionally, the teacher models the use of a publishing software such as the Student Writing Center’s sign-making feature to create a page that would appear in an alphabet book format. For example:
B is for Bay Medical Center, the county hospital in Bay County.

6. Students then rotate to the computer stations in their teams to create their maps and alphabet-styled descriptive page.

7. Multiple copies of all of the pages are made, allowing each student to create their own copy of the atlas to take home. Each student will collate the pages into alphabetical order and bind their copy of the book.

8. The teacher asks each child to list five of the local health care facilities that their family could possibly use within the next year.


Student teams work cooperatively to produce an altas that shows local healh care agencies. The atlas is assessed based upon the following criteria:

*accuracy of student made pages in the class collection

*accuracy in student made list of five health agencies in the community

*have students collate and bind the copies of the class-made atlas; check for accuracy in use of alphabetical order

*computer-generated alphabet pages and computer station usage log will indicate student use of appropriate software
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