Community Mapping

Children know their community through mapping and interviewing!

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Community mapping is a well-known exercise that is part of the Place-based Learning initiatives. Students in any grade can brainstorm their favorite places in a community and places that are well known. Putting these places on to a large map mural is a wonderful start to knowing their community. Take it one step further by having students interview a person who has lived in the town for a longer time than they have and ask what the community was like when that person was the students age. Embed these stories into the map mural and watch the map come alive as the students' understanding blooms. 

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Love this idea Sarah.  What steps do you plan next? Have you used story corps.  Your students (under 16)  can't be recorded but the community members can, it might make a great oral history.  

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