Community Mapping Project

Ask students to draw a map of their community, highlighting places and people important to them.

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We all have our mental maps of where we live - and they highlight what's important to us. This is a great activity that can be used to get students sharing about their communities and what's most important to them. 

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Love this idea! We've tried something similar, in asking kids to learn about specific areas of Los Angeles. Through comparing them, it becomes clear how different some neighborhoods are, despite their proximity. In particular, I'm shocked by how much school systems can vary across neighborhoods, with some having plenty, while others only a few. It's a great exercise to build an understanding of what a city actually looks like.

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