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Mapping City Routes for Special Education Students

Module by: Kimberly Molina. E-mail the author

Summary: Students recall previously learned skills to map basic routes for walking, driving, or riding public transportation from their home to school and to local places of interest such as the mall and grocery store.


Grade Level: CAPA Level 5 Discipline: History-Social Science

Content Standard: Kindergarten HSS 4.4 – Construct maps and models of neighborhoods, incorporating such structures as police and fire stations, airports, banks, hospitals, supermarkets, harbors, schools, homes, places of worship, and transportation lines.

Kindergarten Science 4.c – Describe the relative position of objects by using one reference (e.g., above or below).

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Lesson’s Learning Objective: Students will construct a map of a portion of the Victor Valley making sure to include their house, the mall, the nearest grocery store, and another store of their choosing such as Wal-Mart or Target. Students will also be sure to highlight the major routes and bus stops.Learning Objective as stated to the students: You are going to draw or build a map of our area that includes your house, places you usually go, and the bus stops that are nearby those places.
Check for Understanding (CFU):
Tell your partner at least three things that need to be included in/on your map.
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“I’m bored. The weekend seems to drag on forever and I’m tired of my mom and her boyfriend fighting. I can’t drive and Mom’s car is in the shop. I want to get out of here! Only problem is that I don’t know how to get anywhere.”
If I can’t drive and nobody will drive me how am I going to get somewhere?
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EXPLAIN (What it is. Why it is important. How it is done.)
EXPLAIN (What it is.)
  • What it is” (the big idea, new concept or skill) clearly explained during the lesson. (i.e., Persuasive Essay: You are trying to convince someone.)
As you become more independent of your parents and are able to do things on your own it is going to become more and more important to be able to find your way around the city all by yourself.
CFU: Name some places you would like to go by yourself as you get ready to move out of your parent’s house.
Table 4
List on the board places students in the class go on a regular basis. (store, mall, restaurant, etc.)
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