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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Photo of Moss Pike

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.

Photo of Gary Lyon

Hi Emma. FANTASTIC idea....and especially if you incorporate GIS. Check out for tons of free GIS teaching resources. All of their resources are free for teachers.  MAP THE WORLD!!!

Photo of Ellen Deutscher

Hey Emma! Would definitely love to hear what kids note as important to them in their communities.  Really curious about the why of who/what they believe is important, and Gordon really cool idea to compare across classes/communities.  Understanding the who and why of what others value is a great way to introduce empathy.

Photo of Raquel Coelho

Such a great idea, Emma Scripps ! What about using different colours to compare different people ideas, how they overlap and the communalities?

Photo of Gordon

I think this idea would be quite enlightening if you could collaborate with another civics class at a different school to see comparable connections and unique perspectives based on differing demographics.

Photo of Kali Kurdy

I love this idea.  Can you tell me a little more about how you would direct students to complete it.