I integrated some literature into our mapping unit by reading Little Red Hen. After the first read, I had the students draw a map of Little Red Hen's farm. This was before they knew anything about maps and before we really dug into Little Red Hen. Then, we read All About Maps to learn about maps and some map skills. We did some fun activities with cardinal directions to learn about the compass rose too. Next we re-read Little Red Hen and dug into the setting and the characters. Finally, the student drew a second map of Little Red Hen's farm. The second drawing really showed their understanding of both text.
We took all of our new knowledge about maps and put them to work at a airplane museum by our school. We used the map of the museum to find specific airplanes. The students had to understand how to read a map and cardinal directions to be able find the airplanes. They loved it!