This video shows the introduction and progress of a wall mapping activity in my American Cultures Class at Baldwin High School. The room that I taught in was shared with a Spanish Teacher and contained no maps whatsoever. I constantly found myself wanting to point at maps while teaching so that I could include a Geographical component but I could not because of the lack of maps. So my students suggested that we make maps. I followed through with their request by designing this mapping project. Here are the necessary resource documents if anyone would like to have such a map for WWII.
And along with this map making assignment the students researched certain topics pertaining to WWII; all of which had a geographical component to them which was locatable on the maps. Here is a list of the research topics as well as a preliminary research document. We went to the computer lab to do this research.
In the Preliminary Research worksheet I asked the students to find the who, what, where, when and then 5 whys. I stressed this point of 5 whys deep. I gave them an example by asking…
“Why does the floor of our classroom look like a basketball court?” I asked.
“Because this used to be the gym.” They said.
“Why is this no longer the gym?” I asked.
“Because they needed more room.” They said.
“Why did they need more room?” I asked.
“Because the school is undergoing construction and the old part has been torn down.” They asnswered.
“Why is the school undergoing construction?” I asked.
“Because it was really old and now we’re getting bigger.” They said.
“Why is Baldwin getting bigger?” I asked.
“Hmmm…” They said.
So I wrapped up by tying the first to the last by saying, “We have a basketball court for a floor in here because Baldwin is getting bigger.” Many of the students really liked this questioning sequence others became a bit confused.