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George Washington University created this webinar on community mapping. While a bit dry, it outlines the techniques that should be followed when starting a project. I would use this video as a source of background material.
This guide is used as a tool to help understand and use community mapping to better develop a community. It is chock-full of case studies and resources that do a wonderful job explaining why mapping is important and how to get others involved. I think this would be a great thing for kids to read as they start their projects.
The Northwest Regional Education Laboratory has created this workbook that details everything one should know about community maps. I love the hands on approach this book takes. It presents many opportunities for students to answer questions and write down their thoughts. I think this workbook would be a great asset to any teacher trying to get students involved with community mapping.
Getting students involved is a great way to teach them about their communities. This lesson plan has students create a map of the resources and issues near where they live. I think this is a great way for students to learn about what is important to their neighborhoods.
The purpose of this activity is to get students familiar with their communities and outline what issues may exist where they live. I think the way this lesson is set up is really good. It involves a lot of hands on work and forces students to record a lot of data. It also asks for a lot of analysis. I would use this assessment as a summative on a unit about community mapping.
Knowing the assets of one's community makes it a nicer place to live. This video details a mapping project that took place in a neighborhood in Jamaica. It explains what mapping is and how this group of people went about doing it. I would show this video to students to spark their interest and to give them some ideas about how they could implement their own projects.