PYP- Unit 5: Where we are in place and time (Navigation)

Transdisciplinary Theme: Where we are in place and time (Navigation)

Central Idea: People have developed maps to understand the world.

Our key concepts: Function (how does it work?), Perspective (Whose point of view is it?)  and Form (how something is made).

Our related concepts:  Orientation and Exploration

PYP Learner Profile: Knowledgeable, Thinker, Communicator

PYP Attitudes:  Commitment, Curiosity, Creativity


Self Management: spatial awareness, fine-motor-skills

Thinking Skills: Application


Students will be learning about: What different types of maps are there? What are the common features of maps? How and why are accurate maps created? When do we use different types of maps? How can maps help us understand the world?

How can I help my child? Home and School LINKS

Look at different maps together.Talk about when you use maps.

Collect some maps around Rome/ Italy.

Plan an outing around Rome using printed maps on online maps.

Explore Google Maps or other Apps online.

Show your child how to use your GPS on your phone or in the car.

Read books about maps and journeys.


Our lines of inquiry: Here are some videos, games and resources to help you to inquire about…..

1.What are the different types of maps people use?

What is a map? 1 minute Geography Video

What is a map? In one minute

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Map song/Video about all the states in USA

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Tour the world-Official Music video

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Types of Maps:Fact Monster (Website)

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About Education: Different Types of Maps (website)

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School Media Interactive -VIDEO

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Different Types of maps (topographic, political, world, weather, population maps)-VIDEO

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2. Explain some similarities and differences between these maps.

25 Maps that will change the way you view the world!


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Continents and Oceans ABC SONG


3. How and why do people create and use maps?

Lily-Queen of Map reading

Boy finds mother after 25 years by using Google Maps

How are globes made?


4. Describe and explain the role of maps in shaping people’s understanding of the world.

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Maps of the world

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The Continents 600 Million years ago



To predict the future-what the earth would look like if all the ice melted

To see how landscapes are changing from above-Drone around the world in 66 seconds

Perspective: Question how things are represented.

Drones: Drones used in mapping help us go places we normally couldn’t.

Make your own maps:

  1. Places you have traveled: The Guardian

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2. Create a floor plan

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House Mapping Software