Use Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins to introduce kindergarten maps to your students
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This resource outlines lessons ideas using the picture book Rosie’s Walk (Hutchins, 1971) to introduce kindergarten to mapping. Beginning with a familiar narrative means students have an existing field of knowledge to begin to learn new geographical concepts (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011). The web resource uses a lead up activity where students use blocks and manipulatives and draw these from the side and the top to begin to understand viewpoint and the topographical concept of birds-eye view. This is a great link to spatial mathematics and prepares students for further map activities. Other lead up activities might include exploring examples of maps such as treasure maps in stories or actual maps of the local area.
After becoming familiar with the story, students can identify the places that Rosie visits during her walk. Using basic topographic symbols for roads, buildings and natural features the class map Rosie’s walk. This activity would work equally well drawn on large sheets of paper or using the interactive whiteboard. During this “engage stage” of inquiry (Taylor et al, 2012) students engage with the features and symbols used in simple mapping and begin to develop understandings of position and direction. Activities to follow this would see students map their classrooms and then their whole school working in pairs and small groups during the “explore stage” of inquiry (Taylor, et al, 2012). The maps produced allow teachers to assess students’ beginning understanding of using maps to represent places in their environment.
Through these mapping activities students are working with the sequence of events in Rosie’s Walk. This is an excellent opportunity to link to the explicit teaching of narrative structure. Specific vocabulary is introduced to do with mapping and position (such as “view”, “viewpoint”, “birds eye view”, “near”, “behind”), linking literacy and numeracy concepts.
Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching society and environment (4th ed.). South Melbourne, VIC: Cengage Learning Australia.
Hutchins, P. (1970). Rosie's Walk. Harmondsworth: Puffin.
Taylor, T., Fahey, C., Kriewaldt, J., & Boon, D. (2012). Place and time: Explorations in teaching geography and history. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.