What makes a community?
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from these seeds, teachers must consider the needs of all learners. It is also important to build checkpoints into the lessons where appropriate formative assessment
will inform a teachers instructional pacing and delivery.
Essential Question: What is a community?
Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney
Readability: Reading Level 1.7, Guided Reading Level - J
In this story, a little girl finds her place in the world. Her curiosity about her place on the Earth leads her to illustrate maps of her room, her
house, her street and step by step she maps out the world complete with all seven continents. After she finishes, the little girl explains her steps
to the reader while she backtracks through all of her maps to show how she found her very own "special place on the map". She ends with an
understanding that…"in rooms, in houses, on streets, in towns, in countries all over the world, everybody has their own special place on the map".
(Random House) While the text is easily decodable, the concept of relative position represents a sophisticated idea.
Alternative Version: http://www. youtube.com/watch?v =1f7ebZMLn08
Google Earth - http://www. google.com/ earth/index.html
Video Tutorial for Using Google Earth - http://www .google.com/earth/ learn/beginner.html
Guide students in reading Me on the Map. Have students work with a partner and use the text and illustrations to recount the steps that
led the child to move from making a map of her room to making a map of the Earth.
In order to answer the focus question, Where in the World is my Community? ,reread the text and use the sequence to guide your exploration with
Google Maps. Use Google Maps to illustrate where your class is on the map. Show the students where their community is on the Earth. Start
with a view of the Earth and then zoom in to the United States, Maryland, their county, their city/town, their school. If time permits, have
students share their addresses and show their homes.
Begin creating a bank of community words on a poster-sized AlphaBox graphic organizer which will be used as a word wall for the unit's
culminating activity, writing an ABC fact book about communities.
An AlphaBox is a graphic organizer used to collect words for a unit of study.
See http://wvde. state.wv.us/ strategybank/ AlphaBoxes2.html for AlphaBox templates.
Routine writing: Have students write the steps taken to zoom in from a Google Maps view of the Earth to a view of their community. Model writing
using past tense verbs, including irregular verbs e.g. zoomed and saw. Provide cloze sentence starters with transition words (first, next, then, last)
to scaffold support for students, as needed.
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