1 Introduction of geography and community
Teacher uses Prezi to introduce concepts of geography and community to students.
- be sure to use movement aspects of Prezi and video clips to keep interest among students
- use lots of pictures so students can visualize what is being introduced
- ask lots of questions and provide time for students to ask questions as well
Students should be encouraged to use multiple modes of learning to help them remember information.
- draw pictures
- write down main words
- act out big ideas
2 Map creation using basic geography
Teacher uses Toca Nature to show students different geographical aspects of a map including
Teacher talks about the differences between these geographic aspects and how they interact with each other.
Students create within Toca Nature their own geographic and environmental maps using each of the 4 aspects introduced.
By the very nature of the app, every students creation will be different. Allow for time to play and explore within the app. Science can be introduced and discussed here as well as to what the animals eat and the habitats that they live within.
Students take pictures of the geographic map they created to be used later.
3 Building a community
Teacher discusses and reviews the parts of a community and how they interact with each other including
- police department
- fire department
- etc - try to have one for every student in class
Students are each assigned a different community building and use Toca Builders to create a representation of that building.
Allow time for students to learn how to use this app and explore within its creation abilities.
Students take multiple pictures of their buildings
4 Creating a community map
Teacher helps students work as a group to create a 'community map' combining each students pictures of their assigned community building within one large community map using an interactive poster site like Glogster. This allows teacher and students to add their pictures but also notes and other multi media additions. This can then be added to the teachers website to show the learning that was done and how students worked together as a group to learn about maps and community.