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The Importance of Symbols


Math, Social Studies  


1, 2  

Title – The Importance of Symbols
By – Nancy Hagerty
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies
Grade Level – 1-2
The Importance of Symbols

Objective: Given 5 geometric shapes, the student will use those symbols to create a map legend for the items in his/her bedroom. The students will utilize the map legend to construct and interpret a map of their bedroom.

Benchmark 2.4.1: Identify regions in their immediate environment and describe characteristics and boundaries.

— Teacher prepared square posterboard with various geometric shapes glued onto it.
— Assorted geometric shapes enough for each student to choose 5, two times.
— Blank map legend for each student.
— One sheet of white construction paper for each student.
— Assorted markers, pencils.
— Homework explanation for parents.

Anticipatory Set:
The teacher will display a large poster board model of a square with geometric shapes glued onto it in a random fashion. There will be no map legend or title visible. The students will brainstorm possibilities of what it MIGHT be.

After all the guesses the teacher will attach the map legend and title to the posterboard and explain that it is a map of a bedroom. The teacher will explain the legend on the model map and the importance and purpose of a title and legend will be discussed. The students will take turns pointing to different shapes on the map and explaining what item it represents.

— The students will brainstorm a list of items in each of their bedrooms while the teacher records their ideas in list fashion on chart paper.
— The teacher will explain that each student is going to make their own map legend using 5 items from his/her own bedroom.
— The teacher will model making the legend with the model before them using the materials the students will be given to complete theirs.
— The students will be asked to choose 5 items from the list that they want to include in their legend. It will be discussed that there may be more than 5 items in their bedroom but that they are only going to use 5 today.

Check for Understanding:
— The teacher will ask a student to repeat the directions.
— The teacher will ask another student a question regarding the directions.
— Students will return to their tables.

Guided Practice:
— Each student will complete the written portion of the map legend handout by filling in 5 item names from his/her bedroom. Students may use the list on the chart paper as a reference for spelling.
— Each student will select 5 different pre-cut geometric shapes from the box to be used as symbols for the items on his/her map legend.
— The student will glue a symbol next to each item on his/her map legend.

— The students will assemble together on the carpet to compare their finished map legends.
— The teacher will compare/contrast the model with 2-3 of the students’ map legends.
— The teacher will reinforce the importance of a map legend by showing the students other maps with titles and legends.

Independent Practice:
— The students will be given a piece of white construction paper to represent their bedroom.
— Each student will select 5 more geometric shapes (duplicates of the shapes appearing on his/her completed map legend).
— Students will take their legend, construction paper and shapes home to complete a map of their bedroom (a note will go home for the parents explaining the homework).

— Group One students needing more practice will be given worksheet from Nystrom, Primary Social Studies Skills. Level A, activity sheet 15-IIIA.
— Group Two students will apply their knowledge to the worksheet from Nystrom, Primary Social Studies Skills. Level A, activity sheet 14-II.
Please note, the above worksheets were not provided by the author, but they are not needed to complete the lesson plan.

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