Reflections of Our Two Day Course
We have just completed our two day program on mapping the Chespeake through the eyes of John Smith. We started our first day with map interpretation. We analyzed maps rangind from road maps to satellite maps of sediments present in the Chesapeake. It helped me to keep in mind the "audience" of the map. We then moved on to John Smith's map. The map was cut into parts to take a deeper look at the intricacies. This is a terrific way to introduce my class to his map.
We recieved a binder chocked full of lessons to use in my classroom. We listened to a guest speaker and played games focused on the environment and wildlife of the region.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch and dinner and I had a serene stay at the White Swan Tavern.
On day two, we headed out to Echo Park and took to the trails. We hiked down to a site of an ancient indian village. We learned about edible plants, weaving of milk weed, and entered a wigwam. The wigwam was quite snug but we were able to see how well it served its purpose.
I learned that John Smith's map was drawn for a captain's view. I also learned that there are many edible plants and the indians could live off the land much more than I had originally known. The bay was much higher 400 years ago and the indians relocated often.
I will be using the primary sources to introduce the indian village. I will also use maps to show how the environment has changed. The games about the wildlife and cutting up the map will be used as well.
Thanks for a terrific two days!!