I did a project that used maps with second grade about 3 weeks ago, although
we did not create our own maps.
I brought in maps from home of Texas, Dallas, San Anto nio, Virignia, USA,
whatever I had. The kids used tracing paper to trace the lines of the roads,
creating an interesting line design. Transferred the tracings by putting
pencil on the back of the tracing paper, covering the lines and traced onto
heavy cardboard. Traced over the lines of the cardboard with glue, creating
a printing plate.
NExt class, each student made two prints using black ink.
Last class, used different types of textured wallpaper and texture plates to
add texture and color using crayons to the areas between the black lines.
Creates a very dramatic abstract design.
We had been r eviewing our lines and also talked about the use of lines in
It gave them a chance to look closely at maps and explore interesting areas.
It helped reinforce their re gular classroom activity, but they did not
actually create their own maps so I don't know if it will work for you. Was
great fun for the kids and the prints turned out great. We only added color
to one print and matted it. The other print they were able to take home. Janet