A Map for Success

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First-grade ESL students at Gribbin School learned to navigate a map thanks to a unique classroom activity created by ESL teacher Amy Cooke.
    
Cooke, who is teaching students how to read and answer questions pertaining to maps, created a super-sized community map on a shower curtain liner to help students learn to give and receive oral directions. As part of the activity, students stood on the map and followed the directions given by their classmates or teacher to help them get from point A to point B.

“Using a map is a very abstract activity,” Cooke said. “I wanted to make something concrete to help them read and interpret a map.”

According to Cooke, the activity also reinforced the students’ social studies curriculum about places and workers in the community.