At class this week we brought in two large maps: one of the world and one of the United States. One student seemed to understand the maps and general geography fairly well, as he was the first to point out Bhutan and Nepal. We discussed the different continents, countries, and oceans, taking time to spell out each one. Also, we practiced cardinal directions by directing each other to countries on the map. I was surprised that so many of our students had family in other American states and all over the world. Another student excitedly pointed to different states stating such titles as “mother brother,” “brother sister”, or “in-law” to describe the relations she had in each state she recognized. By the end of the class, the United States map was populated by shiny star stickers affixed to each recognizable state that housed family members.
-Camille (U of A honors college Intern)