Map It!

Your lesson will take place in a variety of National Museum of Play exhibit spaces. Like real cartographers, students explore a territory before using mapping skills to design their own map. Students work in teams to decipher a map or an area within the museum and then create their own maps using symbols to illustrate where they have been.

Lesson extensions for before or after your visit

The following activities are designed for your class to enjoy before or after your museum visit. Familiarizing students with the lesson concepts can enrich their museum experience.

Maps over time

Visit to look at (and print if possible) maps of Disneyland from 1964, 1980, 1987, and 2006. Ask students to compare the maps and discuss how and why they have changed over time. Ask students to describe what a map of Disneyland might look like 20 years from now.

Story maps

Have students create a "story map" of an event, either fictional or non-fictional. A story map is an illustrated story that depicts a tale's beginning, middle, and end. Ask students to share their story map with a partner who in turn will try to retell the story to the class using the story map.

There's no place like home

Challenge students to make a map of their bedroom (or another room in their home) from memory using graph paper. Encourage students to add detail with as much accuracy as possible. Older students can try using to make everything to the scale of one square equals one foot. For homework they can see how accurate their map was. Discuss the importance of accuracy in mapping on the following class day.

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