Hello, everyone! Thanks to all for your positive responses to my OLLIs! It’s great to know that these are being used and are helpful for both your online and in-class lessons. Hoping this lesson will help you and your students fill your classroom with happy memories!
Here is a list of the previous OLLI lessons and anchor books:
OLLI#1 (The Hike)
OLLI#2. (If I Could Build A School)
OLLIE#3 (Mother’s Day)
OLLI#4 (Everybody Needs a Rock)
OLLI #5 – (WANTED: Criminals of the Animal Kingdom)
OLLI #6 – (Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt)
OLLI #7 (All About Feelings – “Keep it! – Calm it! – Courage it!)
OLLI #8 (I’m Talking DAD! – lesson for Father’s Day)
OLLI #9 (Be Happy Right Now!)
OLLI #10 – (Dusk Explorers)
OLLI#11 (If You Come to Earth)
One of the things I love is when an anchor book can be used for multiple lessons. The Map of Good Memories is one of those “multi-purpose” books that could be used as an anchor for many lessons. One lesson might be to introduce immigration and to highlight the challenges facing families when they are forced to flee their home because of war and leave their memories behind. It could be used for making connections to places in our community. It could be used for practicing visualizing (don’t show the pictures and invite the students to visualize and create their own map)
But since I have a small obsession with books about maps (is there anything that can’t be mapped???) I thought about linking this book to mapping. When I realized that this book was about mapping memories – I thought of combining memory pockets with mapping! If you could “map your memories” – what would you include?
The Map of Good Memories – Fran Nuno
As her family prepares to flee the war-torn city of her birth, Zoe maps out the favorite places where she has spent the happiest times of her life, creating a “map of good memories,” so that they will always be with her. At the end of the story, she discovers a secret message (shape) within the map. It made me wonder what shapes or patterns we might see if we made our own maps.
- Write the word memory on the board or chart board. Ask students what a memory is.
- Discuss that memories are made from experiences we have in our that we remember. Explain that memories often have feelings attached to them. These feelings can be happy, sad, scary, worried, etc.
- Ask students where our memories are kept? If you have done any lessons from Powerful Writing Structures or Writing Power, you can connect this to brain pocket writing, specifically “memory pockets”
- Ask students to think about favorite places in and around their home and community where they have happy memories (favorite family restaurant, park, store, school, special tree) Share some of your own.
- Tell them that the story you are going to read is about a girl who has to leave her home but before she goes, she wants to make “a map of good memories”. Invite the students to listen for the places she incudes on her map.
- Read the story or share the read-aloud video (below)
After reading the story, explain certain places can become extra special because of the experiences we have there and the people we visit these places with. While we might not be able to go to some of these places now, it’s nice to think back on the happy times we shared there and hopefully will again, soon. Where do you love to go? Think of all the places you have been to that are special to you.
Invite the students to brainstorm places in their neighbourhood where they have experienced happy memories. Ideas may include:
- favorite family restaurant
- soccer field
- friend/cousin/grandparent’s house
- favorite store (collectibles, video game store, toy store, etc.)
- favorite park
- swimming pool or skating rink
- favorite back lane for street hockey
Using the My Map of Good Memories planning page, model how to list special places on one side and the happy memory connected to that place on the other. Encourage students to record the actual name of the place. ie – instead of “park”, write “Hillcrest Park”.
- Little Mountain baseball field – My happy memory of playing little league
- Superstore – My happy memory of going shopping with my mom
- Oodles of Noodles – My happy memory of eating noodles with my family
After the students complete their planning page, model how to “map” the memories on My Map of Good Memories page. Draw a picture of one of the places from your list and label it. Depending on your grade level, students could create a key on the side, listing the place and happy memory.
Students can color their maps when they are finished. Like the book, invite them to track their happy memories (using a pencil first!) and see what “shape” they create.
The example below is a teacher model of a Map of Good Memories from https://thelinkingnetwork.org.uk/ (Love the luggage labels! )
Additional Books to Support This Lesson:
Mapping Penny’s World – Loreen Leedy
I have used this book often to launch a mapping unit with primary students. Lisa is learning about maps in school. She can create a map of anything and decides to map her dog, Penny’s, world! Great information about map features including keys and scales.
Mapping My Day – Julie Dillemuth
Spunky Flora teaches readers how to read, draw maps, and develop spatial thinking skills in this fun, interactive book.
My Map Book – Sara Fanelli
Maps of everything from your bedroom, your day, and your stomach! Perfect inspiration for your mapping unit.
I Know Here – Laurel Croza
A young girl is moving from a rural home to a big city. She spends the days before her move revisiting her favorite places for the last time.
Shi-shi-etko – Nicola Campbell
A young indigenous girl spends the last few days before leaving for residential school collecting “memories” of her home and the land around it.
All the Places to Love – Patricia MacLauchlan
A classic from Patricia MacLauchlan about special places and the people we share them with. This story begins as Eli is born and, as he grows, he learns to cherish the people and places around him. Eventually, he passes on what he has discovered to his new baby sister, Sylvie.
For more lessons on connecting and visualizing, check out my book, Reading Power, 2nd edition
Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe, everyone. I know these days are challenging and it’s sometimes it’s hard to find happiness amidst the worry. Hoping this lesson will help everyone find some happy memories to focus on.