## Reflection: Unit Planning Places We Have Visited - Section 4: Looking at the Map

Geography has never been part of the curriculum in my 17 years of teaching, and in the past 5 years Social Studies has fallen off as well.  Theoretically, it is being incorporated through reading.  I prefer to incorporate it myself, and as it's an area of great interest for me, I've spent 17 years thinking about how to connect social studies with science, math, and language arts.  There are many easy and logical points of connection.

One of my favorites areas, especially for the start of the year when I like to provide a platform that is more straightforward even though I will still be extending them through questioning, is basic geography.  What is a continent, country, region, state, city?  How do oceans, rivers, lakes, mountains, canyons and deserts shape the natural and human environment?  And, here's the math connection (one of many), how far do we live from one another and how close or far do we live to oceans, mountains, rivers, and so on?  Why?

As I plan my units for the year, because I'm always changing things, I look for ways to revise and add on to how I incorporate geography with math and science.  This lesson is a great way to start that process.  I want my students to recognize early on that I don't teach the subjects as distinct from one another, (with some exceptions of course - grammar, basic facts) because they aren't mutually exclusive in the real world.  You can't understand geography without understanding math, science, and human settlement patterns, for example!

Geography and Math
Unit Planning: Geography and Math

# Places We Have Visited

Unit 1: 1st Week: Getting to Know Each Other Through Graphs
Lesson 3 of 6

## Big Idea: Graphs can make it easy and fun to analyze data and learn more about our classroom community!

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Math, Social Studies, Classroom Culture and Climate, Geography, Home School Connection
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### Jennifer Valentine

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