We started with a book of maps while teaching the term ATLAS.
We had to talk about the differences in the globe and the atlas: The pages and pictures are flat, there are different pages with different countries, there are MANY maps in the atlas amid other things.
Our favorite interaction that morning was when the Persistent Principal held out the atlas for a little kindergarten girl to see and asked, “Do you know what this is?”
The cute little blondie replied, “An expository text.”
Ummmm…”Yes, yes it is!”
We were just in awe. We have the smartest kids on earth!
MANY of the students knew the word “map” but several did not. When I presented it to them the first morning, the Persistent Principal and I gave a LOT of cues, my favorite being “What does a pirate use to find the treasure?!?” THAT clue was effective.
The kids were able to identify land and water. It took very little cueing for them to find a highway and train tracks. The kids were SO interested in the map! I labeled it and hung it on the wall with the words used that morning. We talked about it being flat and the globe being round or spherical. It folds where as the globe can roll and spin.