# Map Scale

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I am trying to teach my 3rd grade kids map scale. I have showed them how to do it several times both in large and small groups, but they still are not getting it. I need suggestions on other ways to teach it so that it interests them and they get it. Any help would be appreciated.

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What are you doing now?

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I showed them how to find distance using rulers or paper. I have showed them in large scale and smaller scale on worksheets.

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And then what?

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I showed it to them in large scale on the board several times stating each step as I went. I then gave them a worksheet to complete. I am not just showing them once and then expecting them to get it. I have shown it to them in detail several times. I have also shown them on their paper in small groups.

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Have done it visually for them?? Map out the class room small scale and large scale - map out your school building using large and small scale.

Use students as the scale - 1 large scale student equals 10 small scale.

I teach high school geography and it is difficult for me too. You have to turn their brains around the words large and small. I usually am able to do it visually.

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Use grid paper with squares of a variety of sizes so that they can visualize the changes in size. Take a picture or drawing and enlarge and reduce it on the photocopier, again so that they can see the change in size. With any new concept, students must understand the why, not just taught the procedure of how to do something.

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Thanks MrsC and INteacher...those ideas sound great and I will try them on my students.

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