Explore maps and map symbols while helping a tour bus driver navigate Adventure Island.
|Scooped by Evette Christofides|
This interactive map is a great way to introduce early stage 1 students to geographical tools. The concepts of scale, symbols and keys, are appropriately introduced and begin to explain how to represent different environmental features, both natural and built. Students engage in several prompted activities to first grasp an understanding of these concepts. They then play a stimulating game where they need to click on different locations as fast as possible on a simple map of Adventure island. The activity in its entirety provides a basis to understanding what maps are, what they represent ( i.e a specific environment) and how they should be read.
From a HSIE teaching perspective, this is an excellent and stimiulating activity that could be used before and after students are taken on a walk around the school's local and immediate environment. By completing this activity first, students are exposed to the visual and spatial representations of environments, and teachers can ensure that their students are prepared, and "...more aware of, more observant in, and more responsive to their surroundings" (HSIE syllabus, p. 47) while completing the walk. Students may see features or places while on the walk that are similar to features identified on the Adventure Island map, allowing them to engage in a meaningful and "direct experience with their immediate environement" (HSIE syllabus, p. 47) that they often would not have given thought to before. Afterwards, teachers can facilitate class discussions about what was seen while on the walk, and a mutually agreed upon list of the most significant features in their local environment could be identified, such as streets, parks, shops, signs etc. Students could then be expected to create appropriate symbols to label these features and places using a variety of colours and shapes to convey meaning. Additionally, the teacher could then work with the class to create their own version of a simplified local area map, using the Adventure island activity as a reference.