# The Importance of Symbols

Subjects:

Math, Social Studies

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Title – The Importance of Symbols
By – Nancy Hagerty
Primary Subject – Math
Secondary Subjects – Social Studies
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.

Materials:
— 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.

Purpose:
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.

Input:
— 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.

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.

Closure:
— 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).

Extension:
— 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.

Literature:
My Street, Treays, Rebecca
Me on the Map, Sweeney, Joan

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