Maker, Map Maker
to Make Your Own Maps
You will need a large wall map to track each migration and sign of spring
your class will study this spring. However, if it's too expensive to purchase
maps students can create their own. Earth Science teacher Marv Mikesh
suggested the following activity. He found it gave students ownership
at the beginning of the project, and helped them become familiar with
the regions through which the migration would pass.
of Regions needed to map each migration/sign of spring.
or butcher paper
1. Have students look through atlases, textbooks, reference books
and teacher support materials for a map that covers the region specified
for their species or spring event.
2. Make an
overhead transparency of the map.
3. Tape a
large sheet of paper to the wall, and project the map on the wall at the
desired size using an overhead projector. Students can use fine-point
felt-tip markers to outline their own map. White butcher paper serves
as an inexpensive source of paper for map construction.
1. What did you learn while you made this map?
2. What advantages does a "handmade" map have over a commercially-produced
in Spatial Terms
How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies
to acquire, process, and report information.