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Creative Map Making

Found in: chart, graph, & map skills; social studies

Some of Virginia's Standards of Learning cover the knowledge of physical features, regions, directions and the states bordering Virginia. After instruction in these areas, we make physical maps in two different ways. One way is using clay dough on boards. The other way is by decorating T-shirts. We purchase colored T-shirts for each student. Each of our fourth grade classes has a different color. The students trace an outline map of Virginia onto the shirts and then use T-shirt paints to show the differentiations between the three regions. Bordering states and directions are also labeled. These T-shirts reinforce learning, give pride, and also make a great school shirt for a trip. You should see our five classes each with its own color when we arrive in Jamestown for a tour!


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