Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mapping Our Way Using Doodle Buddy

This past week in social studies we have dived right into maps and geography terms that help students comprehend various kinds of maps and their features. Vocabulary terms were introduced at the beginning of the week so that students would be able to design their own map using one of our favorite apps...Doodle Buddy! It has basically become our best friend in all subject areas. I read a book titled "Mapping Penny's World" to introduce the unit. We discussed the various components of maps like symbol, map key, compass rose, etc. Then I had the students work in groups using Doodle Buddy to design a map of their bedroom. They were to label their map and upload it to their google drive where I would compile them in a shared folder I had created. I am always amazed at the level of creativity these students show and how the app enhances a level of high engagement and learning! Here are a few samples of those "bedroom maps". This project will help students next week when they begin to design their own island/or country using all the components of a map (vocabulary terms) that they have learned. Doodle Buddy again, a big hit with ELL/Bilingual learners.