Leslie Fisher (@LeslieFisher) tweeted out this link to Weekly Map yesterday. The concept is similar to the “What’s Going on in this Graph?” feature that appears in the New York Times the second Tuesday of every month – except, of course, that this a weekly challenge. Each Monday brings a new map, and a hint is given each weekday including Friday. A link is also provided on Friday to the answer.
So far, the site has archived 65 Weekly Maps, and they are labeled with difficulty ratings. This is a great way for students to practice deductive reasoning and geography skills, as well as vocabulary. (I had no idea what a choropleth map was until I looked at this site.) The “Lessons” part of the site is under construction, so maybe if we give them lots of love that will happen faster!
For today’s Phun Phriday post I want to share a few links with you that I’ve collected in my Phun Phriday Flipboard magazine that show some very unique ways to use unusual materials to create works of art.
Twisted Sifter has a great article that includes pictures of “40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World.” Not all of them are appropriate to show students, but some of them would be great to use for incorporating some Depth and Complexity into the classroom. Here are a few, and some suggestions.
Big Idea – What general statement could you make about this map?
Change Over Time – How has the metric system been accepted throughout the world since its invention?
Multiple Perspectives – What are the pros for using the metric system? What are the cons? Who might benefit from its adoption by the U.S.? Who would suffer if it became our only method of measurement?
Rules – How are the laws about driving different in countries that use the left side than the ones that use the right?
Details – What other aspects of life are effected by driving orientation? (For example, car manufacturing, and street signs.)
Unanswered Questions – What does this map not tell us about driving orientation? (For example, is one way more safe than the other?)
Big Idea – What conclusions can you make from this map?
Patterns and Trends – What similarities do you see? Are there other things that the regions of the same color may have in common?
Ethics – What arguments or controversies might people have about these results?
And finally, this map sparked a little creative thinking from me. How would the world be different if it was rearranged?
I stumbled across KBears when I was in the middle of hunting down some not-so-intimidating sites for geography research for my younger students. I have not investigated all of KBears, but I was immediately attracted to the geography portion as a potential resource for my 1st and 2nd grade Gifted and Talented students. The site is very “cute”, making it attractive to the primary kids. It is also fairly easy to navigate. There is still some big vocabulary, but it is not overwhelming. With printable maps, world music, and geography games, this is a great site to add to my teacher toolbox!