North, South, East, West

10 min.

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Wonder of the Day #1493

How Do You Read a Map?


Help students understand direction and map concepts

Big Idea

Be able to relate to the geography and cultural landmarks in and around their school and neighborhood.

Start discussion by asking students to identify direction of familiar destinations Lake Erie, Cuyahoga River, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Cedar Point- in relation to their school building.

Reference book list - second grade

Use a compass to verify direction of the places

Visit Osher Map Library - have students draw a memory map of their neighborhood with significant landmarks as they remember the locations.