Make a Neighborhood Map

Draw and label a map of your neighborhood.

Extend the learning:

Talk about how you use mapping skills. How do you find new locations? Talk about directions while you are driving and walking. “We have to turn left here. We are making a right onto “Washington” street.”

Book Recommendations:

Consider looking at some examples of children’s maps by reading one of these books from the library: “Henry's Map” by David Elliot, “Me on the Map” by Joan Sweeney, “Where Do I Live?” by Neil Chesanow, “As the Crow Flies: A First Book of Maps” by Gail Hartman. Or, use the internet to find some examples of children’s neighborhood maps: http://www.nationalgeographic.org/maps/neighborhood-map/ What does your child notice about maps?

Journal/Talk:

What is the name of your street or road? Draw your street. Draw where your house is on the street. Mark your house with an X. What is around your house? What is around the block? What else would be fun to add to your map?

Challenge

Add other important streets or locations to your map. Where is your school? Where is the grocery store? Where is the fire station? Where is the library? Where are you in relation to your friend’s homes? What else would you like to add to your map?

Not Ready Yet?

Walk around your local park and talk about what you see. If they were going to make a map of the park, what would it include? (Slide, swings, sandbox, grassy field, tables, benches etc.)

Why It's Important

Being able to use spatial thinking and symbols to picture and describe objects in the real world and their relationship to each other. Being able to build mental maps and think spatially is an important skill and is linked to reading, math, and science success.