When would a third grader use a simple grid system to find were they are going? With the latest technologies of smart phones and GPS it is unlikely that students would sit down with a map and find a location on that map using the maps grid system. Well one of the 3rd Grade Standards states the following: 3.3.7      Locate specific places on a map using a simple grid system. The states practice test has the following image.

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So how could you create and activity that a third grader would use in their everyday life? I did the following:

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I took a map of Audubon Zoo and made a simple grid system on top of it. I then created questions in which students had to find certain locations using this map and the grid system. To get this activity go to Unit 1A – Louisiana’s Geography