Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pathways and Maps

The children have been very engaged in building pathways and talking about maps.  They know that paths take you different destinations.  They also understand how to fix pathways...when the path is broken, you can cannot get to the place you want to go.  We  have been investigating how to make our paths go different directions.

The road outside our intern's house is being repaved.  She brought in pictures of the process of making a new road.  The children are very knowledgeable about how roads are built and the construction trucks used to build roads.  We read a book that outlined the whole process.  In the book we saw a construction worker holding a blueprint of a path they were making through a park.  The children immediately recognized it as a map.  We used this understanding to start making maps of our pathways we were making.

For group time I drew lines on the whiteboard.  London quickly said, "It's a map!  Of a path!" We discussed how the lines were the roads leading different ways.  I asked them what the inside part was and Jack recognized the area as being the grass.  We then discussed where the buildings would go.  On the grass or on the road? We decided that if the buildings were on the road, the cars would not be able to drive past them.  Therefore we decided to put our buildings on the grass part of the map.  Each child came up and added a building to our map.

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