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Recently Added Lesson Plans :: The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public LibraryenThe Big Rock Candy Mountain Map
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Grade Level: Elementary School<br/>Location: <br/>Time Period: <br/>Topic: Art and Maps, Learning with Maps<p>Many maps are great works of art as well as functional sources of information. This lesson, developed with Boston Public Schools art teacher Ida Vozzella for grade 3, uses pictorial maps as a source of inspiration. Students learn basic map elements, as well as the art style of Grandma Moses, to create their own pictorial maps of a fantasy land based on the song Big Rock Candy Mountain.</p>
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Elementary SchoolArt and MapsLearning with MapsWed, 02 Apr 2014 13:24:43 +000050178 at http://maps.bpl.orgScale and Unit Conversion (HS)
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Grade Level: High School<br/>Location: Massachusetts<br/>Time Period: <br/>Topic: Math and Maps<p>Scale is the relationship between a distance on a map and the corresponding distance in the real world. Scale can be represented in three different ways: graphically, in an equation form and using a representative fraction. For this lesson, students will apply the idea of scale as a representative fraction to understand conversion of units between a map and the actual area it represents.</p>
High SchoolMassachusettsMath and MapsSun, 02 Sep 2012 21:37:57 +000047582 at http://maps.bpl.orgElection 2012: What Are the Issues? (ES)
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Grade Level: Elementary School<br/>Location: United States, World<br/>Time Period: Current Events<br/>Topic: Civics and Government, Current Events<p>Presidential Elections are always important. There are many problems facing the nation and the next president will have to figure out how to solve them. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama disagree over many things, including the role of government itself. In this lesson, students will first explore the role of government. They will then consider how each man and his party hope to solve some of the crucial problems our nation faces. Finally, it will be clear from the mapping exercise, that US problems are global ones as well.</p>
Elementary SchoolCivics and GovernmentCurrent EventsCurrent EventsUnited StatesWorldSun, 02 Sep 2012 17:15:39 +000047573 at http://maps.bpl.orgScale and Proportion (MS)
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Grade Level: Middle School<br/>Location: Massachusetts<br/>Time Period: <br/>Topic: Math and Maps<p>Scale is the relationship between distances on a map and the corresponding distance in the real world. Scale can be represented in three different ways: graphically, in an equation form and using a representative fraction. Since scale is a ratio, proportions can be used to scale down actual distances and scale up map distances. For this lesson, students will apply the idea of scale as a ratio to understand proportionality and how to solve problems involving proportions. To strengthen their understanding of proportion, students will graph relationships on the coordinate plane.</p>
Middle SchoolMassachusettsMath and MapsSun, 02 Sep 2012 21:26:59 +000047580 at http://maps.bpl.orgNo Joke: The Value Of Political Cartoons (MS)
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Grade Level: Middle School<br/>Location: United States<br/>Time Period: 1700-1799, 1800-1899, 1900-1999<br/>Topic: American Revolution, Civics and Government, Civil War, Learning with Maps<p>Cartoons are highly effective ways to convey an opinion. In some cases, they become part of our language. With an expanding electorate, often they were deployed to sway voters through emotional appeal. But one thing is certain—they were rarely something to joke about. In this lesson, show your students a variety of political cartoons to generate a conversation about the ways in which people have been influenced by these visual images. Each example has a complex historic background that you may explore as much as you like, but use these images as a means to introduce the topic and issues they raise. It can serve as a way to supplement your regular curriculum materials. You may also do the different parts of the lesson at separate times.</p>
American Revolution1700-1799Civics and GovernmentMiddle School1800-1899Civil War1900-1999Learning with MapsUnited StatesFri, 20 Jul 2012 13:06:16 +000047223 at http://maps.bpl.orgElection 2012: Tracking the Campaign (HS)
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Grade Level: High School<br/>Location: United States<br/>Time Period: Current Events<br/>Topic: Civics and Government, Current Events, Learning with Maps<p>The candidates travel a great deal during the campaign. What influences where they go and how often they visit certain places? Why are some locations avoided and others visited several times? These questions are relevant not only for the candidate but also for the money the campaign spends. As a way to introduce the realities of presidential campaigns in the 21st century, students will keep track of the candidates’ campaign stops from now until the election. Tallying the election results will be a good way to see if their visits made a difference.</p>
High SchoolCivics and GovernmentCurrent EventsCurrent EventsLearning with MapsUnited StatesTue, 28 Aug 2012 15:12:07 +000047509 at http://maps.bpl.orgSimilarity and Dilation (HS)
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Grade Level: High School, Middle School<br/>Location: United States<br/>Time Period: <br/>Topic: Math and Maps<p>A map is a proportional, shrunken down version of an actual location. By connecting the mathematical ideas of similarity and dilation to maps, students see the mathematics in action in the real world.<br />
In this lesson, the concept of similarity is expanded to dilation, the idea of shrinking and enlarging a shape as a transformation on the coordinate plane. Students review the properties of similarity and apply them to investigate maps of the same place but at different scales. From there, students apply the definition of dilation to experiment with similarity – this time, looking at the change in coordinates rather than the change in side lengths.</p>
High SchoolMiddle SchoolMath and MapsUnited StatesTue, 04 Sep 2012 20:09:30 +000047588 at http://maps.bpl.orgSimilarity (MS)
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Grade Level: Middle School<br/>Location: United States<br/>Time Period: <br/>Topic: Math and Maps<p>Although similarity is a mathematical concept that is frequently used in everyday life with models, diagrams and maps, it is also a word used frequently in everyday language, but with a different definition. Two people can be similar because they both have brown hair yet mathematical similarity denotes an actual replica that is a shrunken or larger version of the original. By exploring maps and the idea of similarity, students understand the specifics of the mathematical definition and make sense of the concept by applying their understanding to the real-world.</p>
Middle SchoolMath and MapsUnited StatesSun, 02 Sep 2012 21:40:27 +000047583 at http://maps.bpl.orgExtending the Coordinate Plane (MS)
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Grade Level: Middle School<br/>Location: Africa, Massachusetts, World<br/>Time Period: <br/>Topic: Math and Maps<p>Understanding the coordinate plane and how to locate objects on it is essential to higher level mathematics. By connecting this concept to maps, students have a framework through which to grasp the importance of this foundational idea. The coordinate plane used on representations of the world in the form of a globe or a map use a consistent grid system called latitude and longitude. On the coordinate plane, we label the x-axis and the y-axis. With latitude and longitude, the longitude numbers form the x-axis and the latitude lines form y-axis. </p>
AfricaMiddle SchoolMassachusettsMath and MapsWorldSun, 02 Sep 2012 21:32:30 +000047581 at http://maps.bpl.orgIntroduction to Functions (HS)
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Grade Level: High School<br/>Location: Massachusetts<br/>Time Period: <br/>Topic: Math and Maps<p>The idea of a functional relationship can make more sense to students if that relationship is grounded in a real world situation instead a purely mathematical one. By applying the definition of function to the idea of map scale, students see why the rules and language clarify the situation by giving us tools to better understand maps as well as mathematics.</p>
High SchoolMassachusettsMath and MapsSun, 02 Sep 2012 21:21:04 +000047579 at http://maps.bpl.org