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Lesson Plans


map art

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Sandra L. Eckert (seart)
Mon, 1 Apr 1996 19:51:29 -0500


Although I am doing this at the high school level, the idea could be adapted
to elementary school. I recently chaperoned a trip, which included one very
interesting young man who happens to be learning disabled in the area of
reading / writing recognition. I noticed that he did a lot of his learning
through kinesthetic or tactile methods, so when we returned from our trip, I
proposed the creation of a 3-D model of the island we had visited, using a
2D map as reference. This raised all sorts of great questions about map
reading, scale, proportion, geography, foliage, coastlines, urban centers
and planning, not to mention artistic considerations like exageration of
detail for emphasis, color, texture, and so on. We're using a 3X4' piece of
plywood as a base, and dough made of 2c. flour to 1c. salt, with 1T. veg oil
and some water mixed in to make it pliable. It's cheap, pliable, and can be
painted when it's done. He's learning alot, and enjoying it for once.
Maybe you had something more fine-art oriented in mind, though. I have also
used old maps from National Geographic to recycle into handmade paper. Lots
of fun! Good luck!
Sandy Eckert