Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney and Where Do I Live? by Neil Chesanow are two books that give children a way to explore where they are in relationship to other things and places. After reading Me on the Map, children may be eager to make maps of their own bedrooms or the classroom.
They are equally likely to think of taking the voyage from their own homes to outer space and back the way the child does in Where Do I Live? In either case, there will be plenty of opportunity for the children to explore the idea of scale and to work on the relational language that is necessary to define movement and direction.
Why is this important?
Joan Sweeney’s “Me on the Map” and Neil Chesanow’s “Where Do I Live?” can be used to inspire students to use more advanced words dealing with location, direction, and movement.