Mentor Text Linky - Me on the Map

This week's theme for the mentor text linky with Collaboration Cuties is Social Studies.

Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney is a great introduction to map skills for young kids.  When I taught first, it was actually in our reading book.  I think it would still be appropriate for my second graders as well, because they are constantly getting cities, states, and countries confused.

Basically, the text starts with the girl in her room and then the locations get bigger and bigger.  She is in her room, in her house, on her street, in her town, in her state, in her country, on the Earth, and in space I believe.  Each page shows her in the described place as well as that place on the map, like the  state on a map of the US.

The book is great for getting students to identify and distinguish between their street, city, state, etc.  Rockin' Teacher Materials has a graphic organizer freebie on TpT.  Click the image below to find it.

The author also has a variety of other texts:


  1. I loved these books when I taught first grade! Great suggestion. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  2. I have never seen this book before - thanks for sharing it. I love that graphic organizer - I think it is a great way for students to visualize the connection between all of the places in their lives.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  3. Jessica~ This looks like a great book for younger students. It is so difficult for them to understand themselves in the Global World, and SO much more helpful when they get to Middle School if they do!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  4. We also love this book and we do a similar activity! I didn't know that this author had multiple books like Me on the Map! Can't wait to check them out!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  5. I have seen this book, but I still have not picked it up! Thanks so much for sharing how you use the text with your kids. I am ordering the book today!

    All the best--
    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  6. I do a similar activity to help students distinguish the difference between city, state, and country. It looks like this would be the perfect book to introduce this activity! I am sold, I'm buying it!

  7. This is a great text! I use it in K (and in 1st & 2nd when I taught it). I will have to check out the other titles.
    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

  8. I like this book, well actually all of the books in this series. And, apparently this book is appropriate for 4th grade because they STILL don't know where they live in relation to everything else. Ugh.

    Thanks for linking it up!! (How did you get such great pics of the book pages?)
    Collaboration Cuties

  9. Hi. I love this book (and series) as well. I posted Mapping Penny's World. If you haven't read it, you would probably enjoy it as well. It is very similar to Me on the Map, but with a dog.
    Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower.

    School Is a Happy Place

  10. This story is part of our basal series! Read it back in March and the kids loved doing the map skills from Hillary Lewis!
    Great post!


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