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Discovery Charter School Map

School: Discovery Charter School

City/State: Greece, NY

Grade(s): 2

Format(s): Map

Subject(s): Mathematics, Visual Arts

Project Overview

Second grade students at Discovery Charter School created this map as the final product for an expedition titled “Discovering Discovery.” Discovery Charter School opened in the 2011/12 school year and this expedition was an opportunity for students to explore maps and map-making through the lens of learning about their new school and school community.

During the expedition students learned about different kinds of maps, including concept maps, abstract maps, and maps of physical places.  They started by making a three-dimensional model and a two-dimensional map of their classroom. They then expanded the project by working with a partner to sketch and draft a map of a space in the school. Teams of students worked together to review their work, revise it and complete final drafts. The students also met with a local architect and designer who demonstrated the tools they use in their work including T-squares and French curves.

While working on this project the students spent considerable time in other classrooms. At the time, second grade was the highest-grade level at the school. The students took pride in being models of excellence while working without disturbing the learning of younger students. They built relationships with students and other teachers, building a sense of connection and community that extended beyond their classroom. The students also learned to work collaboratively, solving problems, taking turns, and helping each other. 

This map is posted at the entrance to the school for visitors and families to use.  Maps of individual spaces are posted outside of that space.  

How This Project Can Be Useful

  • An example of a service project that fills a need for a new school
  • This project demonstrates a method of developing school community
  • Allows older children to be model students for younger grade levels
  • Fun way to learn about measurement and data
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