Today we began studying maps in Social Studies! We learned that this is a map of the United States of America, the country we live in. Students stated the different things that they noticed about this map: the states are different colors so we can tell them apart, the blue represents water (and there is a lot of it!), the ocean bordering Florida is the Atlantic Ocean, there is a key which gives us clues about how to read the map, and there is a compass and directions-North, South, East, and West. One of our friends helped us to find Jacksonville, Fl on this map!
When we took a look at a map of the world, students quickly named places that looked familiar to them: China, Africa, and the United States were among the places that were named with excitement. Our friend Caleb even brought in a globe to share with us today and we took a look at the difference between a globe and a map! We learned that the Earth is actually a sphere just like a globe, and that it is NOT flat like a map. Globes and maps sure look different, but both are used to help us locate places in our world.