Maps are useful tools to help people gain a sense of place. They are also useful features of non-fiction, helping readers to better understand how and why people/animals live and survive in particular areas for example.
This week while using their mentor text to research/read about their VT animal's habitat, two students stumbled upon a connection between animals, the red fox and the chipmunk. Both share a similar habitat and inhabit the same regions in North America. How cool that a map can help students expand their thinking about what they are studying, and make connections with one another and ecology.