This is a comprehensive MAPPING UNIT geared for first or second graders. Students learn how to zoom in and zoom out when looking at maps or drawing them. This is an important skill! Students will learn to identify basic components of maps – cardinal directions, compass rose, keys - in order to fully tell “stories” of various maps. Google Earth is an invaluable resource for teachers to use as well as an age-appropriate mapping bibliography. Making a variety of maps will synthesize students’ knowledge and increase their understanding of neighborhood/community. Teachers may collect all of the students’ maps to make individual books to show how their geography knowledge progresses.