Cross- subject learning through the use of paper maps.

Updated: Feb 1

𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧! 𝐈 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰, 𝐈 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰, 𝐈𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐚 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨𝐩𝐢𝐜. Opinions range from what content should be taught to how it should be taught. Some people favor the 3 basics Reading, Writing & Arithmetic. Others want the 4 standards English, math, science and social studies and some believe life skills over formal education is the way to go. It seems unlikely we will all come to an agreement 100% 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐮𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞𝐝 𝐧𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥.

𝐌𝐚𝐩𝐬! Maps are an important tool in education. We all know (or at least we should) the importance of teaching navigation skills and many think that is where maps in the classroom end. Maps can do so much more than just get us from point A to B they provide foundational skills that aid in cross-subject learning. Let's take a look at some of the ways maps can be utilized in education 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡 & 𝐕𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐛𝐮𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐲 - Maps have a whole jargon of their own. A new glossary of terms and definitions for kids to study and learn. 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡, 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐮𝐚𝐠𝐞 & 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲- In the hand written descriptions and place names on Historic maps show what language a country spoke. Then from the place names you can look for root words I.e. Maps Mundi with a Vulgar Latin root (simplified). 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡, 𝐠𝐞𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐲, 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐡𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 & 𝐚𝐫𝐭 - Many children are visual learners drawing map from the content read in a book I.e. The location of the main character or his journey helps with reading comprehension. 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐡, 𝐠𝐞𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐲 & 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐲- Longitude and latitude in themselves are mathematical in nature requiring formulas and calculations between points and predicting travel time. They also aid in teaching degrees or radians. 𝐄𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞, 𝐡𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲, 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐲 & 𝐆𝐞𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 - topographic maps can be used to study the landscape with natural mountains and rock formations. By studying them we see how changes in natural landscape effect the area around it. 𝐓𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐫𝐲 & 𝐏𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐬- maps are important in teaching Spherical Law of Cosines and Pythagorean theorem. 𝐏𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐬 & 𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐲 - scientists have used Equirectangular approximation to calculate sizes of areas on other worlds. 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲, 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬 - Historical map comparison shows changes in place names, boarders, kingdoms etc. Aids I'm population and culture tracking. 𝐄𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐬, 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬 & 𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐜𝐬- thematic maps show political, religious, age demographic etc information by locale. Studying this information is a valuable tool in tracking economic trend changes over time. 𝐀𝐫𝐭 & 𝐏𝐡𝐲𝐬𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 - drawing maps then following them opens creative pathways while following them physically helps learn not only navigation skills but gets children outdoors. These are just a small few examples of ways maps can be utilized in the classroom. Maps invite curiosity and exploration. For more information on the subject or lesson plan examples National Geographic’s Map Skills for Elementary Students is a great source. Map on