Print and colour in a map as a class to build collaboration skills and encourage cooperation.
Collaborate as a Class to Colour in a Map
Do you need a collaborative activity to bring students together? Why not colour in a map of the community as a whole class? This 8-page colouring sheet can be pieced together when all the work is done to create a collaborative mural for the wall of your classroom.
The fun map isn’t just a colouring in page. It also teaches students all about the features of communities from petrol stations to the hospital, banks to pools and so much more. As students colour in their section, you can add a search and find element as well — challenging them to use their eagle eyes to spot important aspects of the community.
Teacher Tip: Use the single-page option to print individual maps for individual students!
How to Use Your Collaborative Map Activity
Getting ready to bring your class together to colour? Here’s what you’ll need to know to ready your map!
- Print out the Giant Coloring Sheet one-sided on A3 paper.
- Cut along the DOTTED lines only, starting with page A1. As you progress through each page, align it with the border on the previous page, e.g. Page A2 aligns with the border labelled A2 on page A1.
- Continue through this process, aligning B1 underneath A1 and so forth until finished.
- Lay the pages of the map out on a communal table or back it with cardboard and mount it on the lower half of a classroom wall for your students to colour whenever appropriate.
Add a Community Map Challenge
The fun doesn’t have to stop with colouring. Why not write Community Map Challenges on the whiteboard each morning? Here are a few ideas from our teacher team:
- Give your friend detailed directions to get from the train station to a place that sells ice cream.
- Oh-oh! Someone didn’t proofread their work and there are some incorrect signs on the map. Can you find them?
- It’s a hot day! Have a look at the map and list some places you may like to visit on a hot day.
- The mayor of the town is desperate for a nice cup of tea, can you find a place she could go? Why do you think this is the place she should be going?
More Classroom Collaboration Activities
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