Investigating the Building Blocks of Our Community’s Past, Present, and Future

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As Ken Jennings said, "There's just something hypnotic about maps." Certainly, the longer you look at them the more you can learn. In this project-based learning lesson, individuals study both historic and present-day maps of their area to investigate their community's past and predict future changes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Concepts

Instructional Ideas

  • Use the provided maps of Waynesburg to model for class members what can be learned by a careful study of the images
Classroom Considerations

  • The provided map is for Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; however, a link is provided to the Library of Congress website where items specific to your local community may be found
Pros

  • The 11-page packet includes a carefully scaffolded plan, a list of research questions and project-based learning extensions ideas, as well as illustrations and picture maps
Cons

  • None
Common Core