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.

 

Presentation:

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

 

Exercises:

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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