Local Mapping

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Learning Goals:

Learner will be able to identify key locations in the FM area including areas of importance to the learner (e.g. school, grocery store, library, LSS, MAT, etc.) by creating a personalized map.

-Using maps as a resource, learner will be able to give/receive basic directions to various locations


Materials: Maps from Address Lesson, iPod/Pad, computer (Google maps/MapQuest), pen and paper


Review: Play “Simon Says” with a focus on directions (turn left/right, turn around, go straight/back)


Overview: Getting lost is something the learner should be prepared for – understanding maps and how to follow directions will be a great help to them.



I. Vocabulary practice

a. Use iPod apps to practice vocabulary and identify buildings/locations/places found in the city such as parks, banks, schools, convenience stores, etc.

b. (Optional) Work on sentence construction in conjunction with vocabulary practice – e.g. I walk to the bank/He drives to Hornbacher’s/My son takes the bus to school/etc.

II. Understanding the FM Area

a. Assist the learner in identifying key areas of importance

*Be sure to include the nearest grocery store and/or convenience store(s)

b. Prompt such questions as: Where do you buy food? Where do you work? Where do your children go to school? Where do you wait for the bus?

c. Continue discussion: Are these areas in walking distance? The bus? Etc.

d. Record addresses of places identified

III. Create a personalized map

a. Using pen/paper assist the learner in creating a map of the recorded locations

b. Start with where they live and build out from there – minimize detail to avoid unnecessary clutter

c. Use MAT map to assist construction, add in bus routes if applicable



I. Following directions

a. Assist learner in opening and operating Google maps/mapquest

b. Input directions for locations already identified in the learner’s map

c. Practice reciting the directions given on the website and have the learner physically “follow” each direction – e.g. they may trace the route with their finger

d. Use MAT maps to see if bus routes coincide with each location


Summary: Say the learner is lost and needs directions – can they stop and ask for directions and then follow the directions successfully? Where would a learner ask for directions? And what other alternatives are there (e.g. GPS on phones)?



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