Mapping the World by Heart

May 7, 2011
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Mapping the World by Heart

Content: Geography
Grade(s): 5th -12th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: Moderate
Teacher Manual: Yes
Teacher Involvement: Essential
Cost: $$$ || ?
Pages: 188 pages
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: fablevisionlearning.com
Review Updated: 5/7/2014

NOTE: Mapping the World with Art is often confused with the Mapping the World by Heart geography curriculum.

From FableVision’s website:

Mapping the World by Heart includes a set of maps and a comprehensive teacher’s guide that makes it easy to integrate lessons and activities into any class’s existing curriculum. The teacher’s guide provides a framework for teaching geography all year long, which can be easily adapted to meet your needs. It is laid out as a “Menu of Lessons”.

  • “Appetizers” section includes lesson plans (like The Grapefruit Lesson) that help your students understand important geography terms and concepts.
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  • “Entrées” section is the “backbone of the location and place segments of the curriculum.” It presents a group of map checklists for students, and the procedure for each lesson is approximately the same. Students use atlases or maps from outside the curriculum to shade and label blank maps. After those initial maps are checked for accuracy, review activities begin (including games suggested in a later section of the binder). It’s recommended that you also put together and give quizzes during the Entrée portion of the curriculum – author David Smith recommends marking countries and features with numbers and having students identify them, or asking students to complete a “fill in the blank” type of test.
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  • “Dessert” section provides instructions for having your students create exquisite memory maps of the world – working entirely from memory.
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  • “Seasonings” section includes further activities for review and enrichment. You will find a section on mnemonic devices and some creative games that can be used throughout the year when reviewing different regions. There’s also a detailed research project called “The World Experts Lesson,” during which students research and put on a “World Fair.” All of these activities provide students with opportunities to collaborate and learn from each other.
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  • “Resources” section includes information on Standard Time, a long list of prompts to encourage further exploration, a list of all the independent states in the world, and a page teaching “hello,” “goodbye,” and “thank you” in the 13 most common languages.
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    Reproducible desk-outline maps are 11 x 17 inches and include 10 regional maps (Canada, U.S., Mexico, Central America, South America, Africa, Europe, Eastern Europe and North Asia, South Asia, Oceania) and 7 World maps – blank grids and filled-in outline maps of the world in each of three projections – Mercator, Robinson, and Equirectangular.


About the Author:
David J. Smith is a classroom teacher with over 25 years’ experience teaching English, Geography, and Social Studies in grades 4-12. He achieved recognition for his unique method of teaching seventh graders to draw maps of the entire world from memory. In 1992, Smith won the U.S. Department of Education’s “A+ For Breaking The Mold” Award for this work.


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  • purple February 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I love the concept. Although I don’t think we will stick to it for a whole year & do the final map, both my middle & high schooler learned right from the start. We all tried to draw a world map on 2 pages and were surprised by the difficulty, and started paying much more attention to maps and the relationship between countries boundaries.

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