Come on, get MAPPY!!

2nd Grade/Stemley Road Elementary School/Mr. P

Come On, Get Mappy!!

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Project Idea

Students will create ways to solve the problem of erosion on a hill on our playground. The project involves learning about land forms, map reading, and writing letters to Alabama Power discussing the students' solution to the erosion problem.

Driving Question

How can we, as 2nd graders, solve the problem of erosion on the playground?

Key Knowledge/CCRS


Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text. [RI.2.3]

By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the Grades 2-3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. [RI.2.10]


With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing. [W.2.5]

With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers. [W.2.6]

Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question. [W.2.8]

Language: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening. [L.2.3]

Social Studies:

2.5.) Differentiate between a physical map and a political map.

2.6) Identify states, continents, oceans, and the equator using maps, globes, and technology.

• Identifying map elements, including title, legend, compass rose, and scale

• Identifying the intermediate directions of northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest


Identify geological features as mountains, valleys, plains, deserts, lakes, rivers, and oceans. Science 2.7 (2005)

Identify evidence of erosion and weathering of rocks. Science 2.8


2.7.) Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.

2.2 Identify applications and operations of various technology systems. Examples: applications—word processing, multimedia presentation software

Entry Event

Prior to our entry event, students researched land forms. Students took this information and created a power point to display their learning. Additionally, students learned how to read maps, map keys, and how to find North, East, West, and South.

The entry event was a 'capture the flag' scavenger hunt. Students had to read a map of the playground to find clues and answer their clue about land forms. The final clue led each group to the power pole on our playground that raised some concerns.

Standing by the pole, students were able to examine the problem of the leaning power pole and the erosion of the hill.

Major Culminating Projects

Creating power points to teach Kindergarten and First Grade classes about land forms.

Reading a map of the playground to find and record answers of clues about landforms.

Writing a letter to Alabama Power, discussing the students' solution to the erosion problem.

Assessment Strategies

Questioning: Throughout the project to elicit evidence of learning
Self Assessment: QR code for answers on the capture the flag; Rubric for power point
Peer Assessment: Checklist for writing a letter
Feedback: Provided by the teacher in a timely manner
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