Title: Mental Mapping Hangman314

Key Words: mental mapping, spatial, physical features, location

National Standard: National Geography Standard 2, NH State Standard 10.10.5

Teaching Level: H

Purpose/Objectives: Students will:
Use mental maps to recognize physical features.
Use mental maps to recognize the human perception of places

Materials: Chalkboard or overhead

Procedures: This is fun little activity with a twist that makes students think about their own perception of the location of places. It will help them to understand their Americentric view of the world map.

Explain to the students that they are going to play mental mapping
hangman with a twist. The twist is part of the assessment. The rules of the game are as follows:

Each student will draw from a hat the name of a country. Then he or she will be called to the board to draw that country and put one physical feature produced either by nature or humans on the country. They may not use any words on the country.

The remaining students will try to guess the country. Play the game just as you would word hangman. If the students hang the man, then the student who drew the map gets five points. If the class guesses correctly, then everyone in class gets five points.

When the students have found out what the country is, ask them to write down the parts of the map that gave the answer away.

At the end of the games, go back and discuss the aspects that gave the map away. Ask what these attributes say about our perception of this country, how these perceptions might affect our attitude towards the country, and what these perceptions might say about us.

Assessment/Evaluation: Ask each student to make a mental map of any country putting as many physical and human features on it as possible and then have him/her discuss with the class the accuracy of the map and the his/her perception of the country.

Extension/Enrichment: This activity can be used with countries, regions, continents, states, towns, and cities. It can be used as a springboard for activities and discussion involving land use, political issues, or economic issues.

Reflections: How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.

Thank you.
The authors.

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