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There's a Map on My Lap!: All About Maps

Last updated Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Author: Tish Rabe
Date of Publication: 2002
ISBN: 0375810994
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2019

Synopsis: The Cat in the Hat introduces beginning readers to mapsthe different kinds (city, state, world, topographic, temperature, terrain, etc.); their formats (flat, globe, atlas, puzzle); the tools we use to read them (symbols, scales, grids, compasses); and funny facts about the places they show us (Michigan looks like a scarf and a mitten! Louisiana looks like a chair you can sit in!).

Note to readers:
•  There is a glossary at the back of the book.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Have you ever used a map for directions?
•  Do you know what a compass is? (a device that is used to find direction by means of a needle that always points north)
•  Have you ever taken a road trip?


•  Roam - to go to different places without having a particular purpose or plan
•  Atlas - a book of maps
•  Marine - of or relating to the sea
•  Capital - a city in which the main offices of a government are located
•  Disaster - something that has a very bad effect or result

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Could you travel the whole world/USA in one day?
•  How far could you go?
•  What's the farthest place you've traveled to?
•  What shapes do the other states look like?
•  What is a good scale to use when drawing a map?

Craft ideas:
•  Create a map of your home/bedroom using a scale and/or a map flipbook
•  Use a paper plate or construction paper to make a compass. Examples on Pinterest.
•  Have kids draw a grid map of their neighborhood and then give directions from one place to another.
•  Create a treasure map
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  If there is a map or globe in the classroom take a look at it. What kind is it, what is the scale, where are we on the map, etc.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!