Goal:To encourage map study and to learn the names of major bodies of
water forming the boundaries of the State of Illinois.
- A wall map of the United States or a globe.
- Monteith, James. First Lessons in Geography: on the Plan of Object
Teaching. New York: A. S. Barnes and Company, 1872, pp.12-13, 46-
47. (Facsimile copies of the text are available at Pioneer Sholes School.)
- Call the attention of the class to the globe or map displayed.
- Ask each of the questions in Lessons VI and VII of Monteith's text.
- Permit the scholar to raise his hand, stand when called upon, and then to recite his response.
- Praise or correct as appropriate.
- Using the wall map or the map on page 46 of Monteith's text, have the scholars draw the map of Illinois on their slates or in their copybooks.
- Have scholars label all bodies of water forming Illinois boundaries.
- Add the Illinois and Fox Rivers and label.
- Place a star marking Springfield, the capital city.
Illinois Learning Standards 17.A.1b,17.A.2b, 17.C.1a, 17.C.2a
- Check for correct shape of the state
- Check for correct placement of the Mississippi, Ohio and Wabash Rivers
- Check for correct placement of the Illinois and Fox Rivers
- Check for placement of Springfield near middle of state.
Continue to the science lesson.
Return to the Introduction.