"Clued In" to Their Environment by: Marti Welch

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To help students become better acquainted with Florida’s natural environment, an environmental outreach program director developed an activity in which students would use a large canvas floor map of their state to learn about their environment as they solve science riddles. Although the map and riddle activities have been used with elementary students in grades two to six; and while the map and activities were devised for use with outreach students in the South Florida locale, educators in other parts of the country could easily adapt the activity’s concept to fit their own location and classrooms.

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  • on Fri May 06, 2011 8:32 AM

Helping young students understand the spatial layout of ecosystems can be a challenge. In this article, the author presents an idea where a giant, canvas floor map was created mapping the state of Florida. The map could be rolled out across the floor. Several activities were created where students worked with the map, such as solving riddles and placing the answer appropriately on the map. I think this will be a memorable experience for students and the enormous size of the map will help create a spatial understanding.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

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