The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
We spent a glorious hour, the other day, investigating maps! Who would THINK that a bunch of pieces of PAPER could CAPTURE our attention so rapturously? There were SO many different TYPES of maps. Some of them SO detailed you almost needed a MAGNIFYING glass to see clearly. Others VERY simplistic. The conversations that took place during this investigation were PRICELESS.
We began to notice MANY similarities. They were ALL two dimensional, (flat), and usually rectangular! Each map had DIRECTIONS! They ALL had a KEY! One of the Grade Three Bloggers piped up and told us that a key was IMPORTANT because it helped us to READ the map! On MANY of our maps, we could see a COMPASS rose that showed us north, south, east and west! MANY of our maps had special little SYMBOLS! We discovered that WATER was shown in BLUE!
As we delved deeper, we ALSO discovered MANY differences between our maps. We noticed that each map would often take you to a different place! SOME maps had LOTS of detail, while OTHERS had just a LITTLE detail. Some were BIG. Some were small! Some showed MOUNTAINS and LAKES. MANY of our maps were FOLDED because they were VERY large and took up a LOT of space. We also noticed that these large maps were folded in a very SPECIAL way! They were ALL made out of paper, although SOME of them were LAMINATED! World maps? They had a LOT less detail on them compared to maps of cities and provinces!
We hope you enjoy our slideshow of our learning adventure!
We walked away with SO many neat observations … and … as ALWAYS … WAY more questions than when we began!
- How long does it take to study a place and then make the map?
- How many different kinds of maps are there?
- Are there maps about SPACE?
- How do pilots use maps?
- Do we have maps for EVERYTHING?
- What jobs need maps?
- How old is the OLDEST map?
- How many countries are there in the world?
- Do maps ever change? (This one brought up some VERY interesting conversations around Bombay, Calgary, Nunavut and the NEW islands that VOLCANOES create!!!)
Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.
~Saint Thomas Aquinas