To prepare students for the activity, draw a picture of your face
with your eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, ears, and hairline as you look
in a mirror. Include glasses or other distinguishing features. Modeling
this activity on the overhead or a large sheet of paper taped to the
board enables students to follow the sequence of steps and the
Discuss what you did to determine where to locate the various
components of your face. Use mental and visual measurement strategies
related to a concrete example that young children can understand, such
as, it is about three finger-widths between my eyes.
Arrows for Mapping Your Face Activity Sheet
Distribute the Arrows for Mapping Your Face Activity Sheet
to students. If you reproduce the arrows on sturdy paper, students can
cut them out and use them to place the objects on their “face map”
using the arrows as a guide.
Group students in pairs. Give each pair of students a mirror. Ask
the students to draw a picture of their face that includes all its
parts, especially the features that make it unique. Remember to be
sensitive to students who might be embarrassed by their distinguishing
features, such as freckles. Have students label the parts of their face
with the labels provided in the Parts of My Face Activity Sheet.
Parts of My Face Activity Sheet
Finally, pair students and have each partner lead the other on a
guided tour of his or her face using directional and positional words.
Move about the room listening as students share, teaching and coaching
as needed. Then select several students to guide the class around the
map of their face.
You may choose to use the Class Notes recording sheet to document student progress in this unit.
- Apply spatial skills (visualization and memory) in creating a map by
placing the component parts of their face in relationship to one another.
- Use directional/positional words to describe paths of navigation and relationships among various regions.
NCTM Standards and Expectations
- Recognize, name, build, draw, compare, and sort two- and three-dimensional shapes.
- Describe, name, and interpret relative positions in space and apply ideas about relative position.
- Describe, name, and interpret direction and distance in navigating space and apply ideas about direction and distance.
- Find and name locations with simple relationships such as "near to" and in coordinate systems such as maps.
Common Core State Standards – Mathematics
-Kindergarten, Measurement & Data
Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.
Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
Grade 1, Measurement & Data
Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units, by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end; understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps or overlaps. Limit to contexts where the object being measured is spanned by a whole number of length units with no gaps or overlaps.