Friday, September 14, 2012

New Map Lesson for Grade School

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof, a story about cultural traditions regarding the loss of baby teeth, offers a perfect opportunity for a map lesson for grade school students. Students are first required to synthesize and classify the data, then map it. Below, you can download the world map and the first exercise, which maps the creatures mentioned in the book that engage with the tooth or child once the tooth is lost.

Read the book to the children, ask them to circle the animal mentioned for each country. For countries that do not mention an animal, have the children "x" out that country.

Once through the story, have the children work through the list, coloring each country appropriately. There should be a category for "other" animals. The "no data" category should be different than "no animal" and this offers a great opportunity to discuss why.