Simple exploration of maps in preschool

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Exploring the world through maps is fun in preschool!

I have a little guy in my classroom that is always talking to me about a treasure he has found here or there and what goes well with treasure? Why a treasure map! Inspired by my little guys interest in treasure and treasure maps, we went on a simple exploration of a broad range of maps…

 

Introducing World Geography

One of our favorite class maps is our world animal map. We set the map out on the floor to promote discussion about maps and what kinds of information can be found on a map. To introduce the map, Miss. Abby played a simple game with our students. The children pointed to something that they would like to know about on the map and then she would read to them any information the map shared such as the name of an animal or the country the animal lives in…

Our Prek students also enjoyed playing the map naming game only they preferred to play the game on our world globe…

Making new Discoveries

Along with our exploration of maps, the children discovered that there are many kinds of maps. There are treasure maps, world maps, road maps, globes, and atlases…

And every map has things that are the same on them like lines and names of places and colors and yet every map is different too…

And we discovered that some people even like to make maps of their homes or classrooms…

After exploring so many different kinds of maps, it was time to get a little more creative with our exploration of maps which I will share more about tomorrow!

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

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