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Mapmaking with Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years Paperback – May 13, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0325000428 ISBN-10: 0325000425 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition (May 13, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325000425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325000428
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Sobel is the director of Teacher certification programs in the education department of Antioch New England Graduate School. He is a frequent keynote speaker at environmental education conferences and serves as a consultant to school districts and environmental organization.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rob Leonard on February 1, 2000
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This is a wonderful, well-written book that will be of interest to a wide variety of people--most of whom will unfortunately probably not encounter it--such as parents and homeschoolers and child development professionals and environmental educators, as well as its (presumed by me) targeted audience of classroom teachers. It is the kind of work that uses one subject to explain much about the world, the way we think and use information. It is also a how-to manual on mapmaking with children. I came away from the book with a very clear understanding of several map projects I could do with my children. Because the book first lays the theoretical groundwork for children's understanding of maps, the actual map projects seem intuitive--experiential education at its finest. The author's passion for his subject, and his scholarship come through. There is much information and guidance on what sorts of maps are appropriate for children of different ages to be encouraged to create--from treasure hunts to classroom maps to sophisticated area maps. I am buying copies for my children's teachers!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy OKEEFE on October 13, 2005
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As a water educator for a local watershed organization, getting the idea of a watershed across to elementary school students can be challenging. This book focuses on kids developmental capacities and how they relate to a place at different ages. Not only perfect for classroom teachers, this book should be on the shelves of every environmental educator.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne B. Gurnee on November 13, 2007
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Sobel does a masterful job at explaining how basic mapmaking is to all of us, including children. He then follows with several age-specific ideas about engaging children in the process of making maps. Ultimately, mapmaking leads to the making of meaning about our place and the world around us. I've done several of these activities with groups of children and my own, and they are always winners.
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Love this book . . . as I love everything that Sobel writes. It gives such insight into a child's concept of spaces that it should be a "must read" for every museum and zoo exhibit designer. Too often I've sat around a table and listened to staff make some inappropriate guesses as to what might work for young children. Sobel provides us insight that shouldn't be ignored.
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