Someday in the near future their may be a major disaster, or a war. The news will show maps of the region where his takes place. Then they will show images of people, places, and maybe the effects of what ever has happened. With the understanding the world in Spacial Terms the students will be able to analyze what they are seeing. How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments in a spatial context (Maxwell, 2011) How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on earth’s surface. (Maxwell, 2011) Students will be able to Read that map, knowing where in the world this region is located. They will be able to understand the climate, the culture, and the economics form the pictures on the news. These skills will make the events seem even more real to students because they understand theses skill.
What skill do we need to learn first so that you can make spatial analysis. Students need to have the ability to look at a map and be able to read the lines, the coloring, the scale of the map, and the terrain. They need to be able to collect data form the maps and the images that they see. After collecting that data they will need the skill to analyze the data. With these basic skill they can start to be come spatially aware.
What are some of the activities that students can do to start learning. Activities can in clue map making. Students can create maps of wear they live, the streets and major land marks. Students can make topographic maps of different terrains, and map of climate regions. They can create maps of population densities, making sure that they include all the appropriate resources. Students can also learn to create charts of data that they have collected. (Burris, 2014)
Using Discovery Education, activity to to create maps. Student start off analyzing maps. They identify major elements of those maps. They look at other maps then then compare and contrast those maps. This helps them build an understand of what it take to build maps. Then student find a focus for their map being population, businesses or even the elevations of the area. They build their map. (Burris 2014)
Maxwell, M. (2011). National geography standards. Retrieved from http://www.studentsfriend.com/onhist/ngs.html
Burris, T. (2014). Discovery ed- understanding: Geography. Retrieved from http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/understanding-geography.cfm
Burris, T. (2014). Discovery ed- understanding: Geography. Retrieved fromhttp://app.discoveryeducation.com/techbook2:concept/view/guidConceptId/a6ab9d2c-18cb-4413-a8ae-0ae6071ea3c3/guidUnitId/54e01d79-9e45-49ac-b50d-6994cd93e400#/tab=elaborate-tab&page=1&subTab=elaborate-2-tab