Landscape Picture Map
to Develop Social Studies Skills
|I. Social Studies Skills
Predict probable future outcomes
Example: Predict what the building under construction at
A-B-4 will look like when its finished? What it might be used
for? How long will it take to complete?
Interpret visualize (e.g. pictures, charts, graphs, tables, time
Example: Choose any grid section of either side of the
map. Describe what you see; what might be happening that you
Organize and express ideas in written and oral form
Example: Choose any two means of transportation shown,
and tell the class how they are similar/different
Use decision making skills and recognize consequences of decisions
Example: Your mother has just fallen and hurt herself.
Call an ambulance and give clear directions to your home (choose
any home you like). Discuss consequences, good and bad.
3. Production and Distribution
4. Time, Continuity and Change
Use vocabulary related to time and chronology.
Example: Look carefully at side 2 of your map. Brainstorm
things that were different yesterday or last week. How will
things be different 12 hours from now? Tomorrow? Next week?
5. Power and Participation
Identify local authority figures and their responsibilities for
enforcing rules in the school and community.
Example: Brainstorm to come up with a list of
authoritative figures. Create a symbol to stand for each of the
authority figures. Draw the appropriate symbol in the
appropriate location on the map. Make a legend that includes
6. People and Environment
Locate school city, state, nation, continent on maps and globes.
Example: Choose any house you like and pretend you live
there. Circle it. Locate and circle the school. Trace the route
you would take from home and school.
Use directional terms such as above/below, near/far, left/right,
north/south and east/west. Use maps to identify the relative
location of places in the classroom, school and neighborhood.
Example: Working in pairs, each person marks a home of
his choice and gives clear step-by-step directions, telling his
partner how to get to his home. Include the terms left/right,
near/far and N.S.E.W.
Use simple maps to locate places and gather information.
Example: Each student picks a place on the map. All other
students must locate the place using the alphanumeric grid
Identify local landforms and describe their characteristics.
Example: Circle and list 3 different landforms and 3
different bodies of water shown on the map. Are they the same as
or different from your local landforms? How?
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