Active Learning: Taking Responsible Risks


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Make Your Own Map 

Students will have fun learning about responsible risks by creating their own map of a risky journey that would be worth taking.

Materials Needed:

  • Butcher paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Maps


  • Cut butcher paper into “map sized” pieces for each student.
  • Gather examples of maps for students to use as reference.

Steps to Success:

  1. Tell students to imagine that they’re going to take a responsible risk and go on a long journey to get to something they want (just like Lewis and Clark).
  2. Show students examples of maps. Point out the main features of a map. Tell students that they will be creating their own map to show the progression of their “journey.”
  3. Pass out butcher paper, markers, and crayons or colored pencils.
  4. Guide the students in creating a starting place, destination, and landmarks in between. Encourage students to use their imaginations and create a destination that would make the journey worth the risk.
  5. Then, have them draw their route from start to finish, hitting whatever landmarks they want on the way. 6. Lastly, they can color the rest of the map.

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