building Information Technology Skills
Mapping my neighborhood
Students will conduct field observation and data collection for a land uses map of their community.
11 x 17 sheets of paper
• Have students draw an outline map of the street on the bloc where APM is located. Remind students to include in their maps a title, author, date, scale, legend, etc.
• Remind students about the importance of a legend: What symbols will they use to represent the different land uses they expect to find?
• In pairs, have students walk on one side of the street, keeping track in their maps of the different land uses and physical structures that they see, such as buildings, vacant lots, and so forth. Have students repeat the same procedure on the other side of the street.
• Have students share with the rest of the class their observations: Can they assess the most common land use? The least common? What type of buildings predominate? Are most buildings tall? Crowded? Vacant? In bad or good shape?
Have students write a paragraph describing the street on the bloc where APM is located.