MAPPING SAM

Mapping Sam written and illustrated by Joyce Hesselberth is a fine book teetering between fiction and nonfiction.

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It follows Sam’s nocturnal adventures but captures it in an informative way - through maps. Joyce includes maps like routes, diagrams, transportation maps, charts, and blueprints. Inspired by maps, we made Sam Cat out of a map of the world! Here’s what we did:

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First, I photocopied a map onto orange paper. I used three different maps for variety.

Then we used basic shapes to make a collage of Sam. Since I teach indergarten and first grade, I walked through each piece. We used an oval (on orange paper) for the cat’s face, triangles (on brown paper) for ears, circles (on green and black paper) for eyes, a circle (on yellow paper) for a bell, a dome (on orange paper) for the collar, rectangles (on white paper) for whiskers, and again an oval (on brown paper) for her nose.

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Sidenote: I usually don’t create templates for collages because it’s more educational and artistic when they create it themselves. So … presenting our finished pieces.

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I’m very proud of their works of art. They turned out great because it was based upon a clever book, Mapping Sam by Joyce Hesselberth. Check it out in the library or at your local bookstore. It’s a good one.