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Re: geometry and Art: again

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Melissa Chaney (meemo)
Mon, 18 Jan 1999 18:40:04 -0600

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> For younger kids, maybe they could "map" their route to and from school
> (how many houses, blocks, where they turn, what they cross); or map out
> their routine in the school building itself (homeroom, specials, library,
> cafeteria, playground, etc.) The Family Circle cartoon recently showed one
> of the kids as he took a VERY rambling route, through all parts of the
> building, on his way to the washroom (kind of an aerial perspective).

I did a project last year with my 7th graders on this topic. They created a
map of their home town. It had to show how to get from school to their house.
It also had to have a legend and accuracy was important. (legend contained,
railroads, bodies of water, bridges, cemetaries and other landmarks) Students
also included stores around their homes. I went to visit every student when
their map was complete. I brought a bag of candy and said hi to parents at
home. This was even better than that positive phone call home. It only took
me about 3 days after school to visit about 40 students. I planned my route
and visited kids in specific ares each day. I did have to collect maps from
the area chamber of commerce. A post office or library could also help. These
were used to guide students in lableing street names around their house. It's
amazing how they don't reads street signs. Kids knew ahead of time that I
would bring them a treat if they had an accurate map.

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