Teacher Notes
Grade Level Focus:

Grade 1/Expanding Children's Geographic and Economic Worlds

Note: Although the lesson above is written directly to the students, you will, of necessity at the first grade level, have to read, interpret and direct the lesson for them.

Lesson Purpose:

For students to learn their addresses and to gain a sense of connection between their neighborhood and the rest of the world and the universe.


Draft H/SS Standards Grade 1: Students acquire and process information from a spatial perspective; compare and contrast the absolute and relative locations of people, places and environments; and describe the physical and human characteristics of places.

Language Arts Grade 1 Reading: Students read and respond to grade level appropriate material...Speaking Applications: Students deliver brief recitations and oral presentations about familiar experiences...


The student will:

Information Literacy Skills:

Students will:

Length of Lesson: The length of the lesson depends on how much detail you go into. One of the optional activities that you may decide to do is to make a scale model of the school out of boxes, milk cartons, etc. That alone, however, may take a week. If you spend some time exploring Australia, that too could easily take another week. First graders have a way of finding all sorts of wonders to explore. If you can do it, a quick version should take about ten 45 to 60 min. sessions.

Resources or materials needed:

Additional Internet resources:


The Magic School Bus Gets Lost in Space. Kid Vision, 1995

(If this video is not available at your school, you can purchase it by calling 1-800-3-KIDVID. When ordering, please ask for specific episode and title)


Birdseye. A Song of Stars Holiday 1990 (folktale)

Branley. Planets in Our Solar System Crowell, 1987

Bruchac The Story of the Milky Way Dial, 1995 (folktale)

Chesanow Where Do I Live? Barron, 1995

Cole The Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System Scholastic, 1990

Fletcher The Universe is My Home Science & Art, 1992

Gibbons The Planets Holiday, 1993

Hadley Legends of the Sun and the Moon Cambridge Univ. Pr., 1983 (folktale)

Hirst My Place in Space Orchard, 1992

Lauber You're Aboard Spaceship Earth Harper Collins, 1996

Leedy Blast Off to Earth!: A Look at Geography Holiday, 1992

Leedy Postcards From Pluto Holiday, 1993

Livingston Space Songs Holiday, 1988 (poetry)

Mayes Earth and Space EDC, 1995

Rosen Which Way to the Milky Way Carolrhoda, 1992

Ryder Earthdance Holt, 1996 (poetry)

Sweeny Me on the Map Crown 1996

Wolkenstein White Wave HBJ, 1996 (folktale)


Background Information that might be helpful:

Lesson sequence: You may start the lesson with the smallest (house address) and moving out to the Milky Way, or by starting in outer space and zeroing into the local area.

Student product: Students will recite their intergalactic address and make an illustrated address book.

When doing the recital of addresses, it is fun to make a bus. You can have the students make the front end of a bus out of cardboard, create a full-length, cardboard bus with windows, or make it totally imaginary. Have the bus stop at each student. The students can get on and ride around the room with you as you add riders.

The address book can be made to go from smallest to largest if you start with the center paper and fold it so that the top page is 1/2 inch above the bottom one. Place the next paper on top and fold it so that the top page is 1/2 inch above the previous top page and the new last page will extend 1/2 inch below. Continue in this pattern four times to give you the needed eight pages. Staple on the center-fold. If your students are capable of copying information accurately, you can just give them blank books. If they are still having difficulty with that, you can print a cue on each page before folding and stapling. For example, "My name is ---", "I live at---". Have the students illustrate the pages with their own drawings, computer images, or cut-outs from discarded magazines.

Adaptations for special needs students:

Students of all abilities at this age may not yet be reading or proficient computer users. Try to group students for reading and computer use so that at least one student reads and another can operate the computer. Have address booklets preprinted, folded and stapled.

Interdisciplinary Connections

Language Arts: Writing an address book, listening to or reading books, including poetry and folktales

Math: Scale, measuring

Science: Space and Space Exploration

Art: Paintings of space and the earth, construction of school map, illustration of the address book.

Physical education: "Simon says", tag, measuring a mile (walk a mile)

Extension Activities:

If you want to teach map skills in this unit you may add the following activities:

A Look at Globes and Maps- How do we know when a map is right side up? A globe is round, so we could look at it from any place, but where do we call the top of the world? How is a map different from a globe? What directions are indicated on a map? Which wall in your classroom faces North? Label the walls North, South, East and West. Play a Simon Says game or Compass Tag (http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/compass.html ) using these directions.

Using maps- A map is a picture of a part of the earth, but it isn't a picture like a camera would take. Maps don't have everything on them that you could see if you were up in an airplane. Why do we use maps? Let's take a hot-air balloon ride and learn more about maps and globes using this story about a park.

Map Adventures


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