Windsor 6 -- Mapping Change
Student Views of the Expedition
Windsor 6 Wraps up Mapping Change
The students of Windsor 6 have recently wrapped up their first expedition, Mapping Change.
Students explored how maps can accelerate, limit or just show change.
To do this, we worked in each of our classes to find out how and why
maps are used, and how maps get made. We concluded by making maps of our
own, called Personal Maps.
Our expedition started with a kick-off
called the “Amazing Race”. We were divided into teams and followed clues
and solved challenges to reach the end of race. We learned about the
layout of King and some pretty cool facts from the questions and
After the kick-off we started to do a
lot of class work and homework. Measuring and the order of operations
were our focuses in math. Eventually, we measured King and the order of
operations became second nature. We studied mapping in Social Studies
while also learning about the many different types of maps, the parts of
maps, and eventually making our own personal maps. In Language Arts, we
talked about Mrs. McDonald’s summer trip to the Czech Republic, learned
about World Heritage Sites, learned the three types of note taking, and
learned about types of speech. We are the first sixth graders to have
access to iBooks. In iBook class, we made slideshows about countries
with World Heritage Sites in them.
science we studied forest succession. We ran a simulation of succession
on our computers and had to answer questions to prepare for fieldwork
in Baxter Woods. There, we mapped Baxter Woods thoroughly, mapping
succession. Our second fieldwork was in Evergreen Acres. We were joined
by people form the Audoban Society, the arborist for Portland (Jeff
Tarling), and assistants from Parks and Recreation. With their help, we
distinguished the different types of ground cover and measured the
circumference of trees. We had two different areas that we had to cover,
making sketches, taking photos, measuring, and sorting different ground
cover. It’s safe to say that we had fun.
Another fieldwork expedition that we did
was the Osher Map Library (an exhibit at USM). We learned a lot about
how Portland has changed over many years.
|See the slideshows of student maps to the right.
Then we began the final step in our
expedition, personal maps. These were maps we made of a places that were
important to us, such as neighbourhoods or states. We had to use our
new-found mapping skills and map vocabulary in the creation of these
maps. First we had to decide where we were going to map, then we had to
choose at least fifteen specific spots to label. Rough drafts were made
and perfected, then we started our final map product. The first step in
making final maps was to do a map wash (a light watercolor on the map)
then we traced our rough draft onto our final map. We decorated, glued
everything on, colored, and finally, we had a magnificent final product.