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Map Talk Extension Activity

Hey all,

Hoping everyone is thriving in this new year.

It's been a while since I've been able to share some of what I've been doing in my classroom. I wanted to get some video of today's (mostly successful) activity but I'll just have to settle for writing about it.


Y'all know I do Map Talks all day erryday as an entry point for cultural exploration and all that. Well the other day one of my classes was talking about these professional Google Maps players and competitions and that got me thinking about how we could leverage something like that to the classroom.

Basically, I split them into small groups and gave each group a random town/city. They had to write a description without naming the town or city with 8-10 sentences.

I then read those descriptions for the other teams who had to see who could guess the town first.

It was a really cool way to integrate presentational and interpretive communication, and in a way that relates to what we're doing in class otherwise. Kids loved it (especially just the mention of it being a competition. They immediately get fierce).

Anyway, give it a shot! Let me know how it goes for you!

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