Cartography Teacher Resources
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High schoolers practice their map-making skills. In this cartography lesson, students collect community map data using GPS data recorders and image collectors. High schoolers use the data collected and Hyper Studio to create and share their community maps.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Learners use grid boxes as a measurement tool and discover how grids are used for mapmaking and scaling down an area. They begin by attempting to draw a model shape drawn by the teacher by using the gridding process. At the conclusion of the activity, learners consider how their process relates to that of map makers.
6th - 11th Math
Map Changes over Time
Eighth graders examine how map making has changed over time. In this map skills lesson, students determine how technological advances have changed map making and provided more accurate maps. Students analyze several maps made in different historical time periods.
8th Social Studies & History
Students examine the craft of cartography and how the Lewis and Clark expedition created and used maps. They analyze maps, read a handout, create a map, participate in a mini expedition and map out a route based on travel directions, and complete a worksheet.
6th - 10th Social Studies & History
Four Colour Theorem Worksheet
The well-known four color theorem is explored in this activity. Young cartographers try their hand at creating a map to see if one needs more than four colors given that no border will have two regions filled with the same color. What about a map of Europe?
6th - 8th Math
Mapmaker, Make Me a Map!
Here is a well-designed, very thorough lesson plan on mapping for very young children. Within the six-page plan, you will find everything you need to implement the lesson. They will identify various landforms found in Colorado on a map, learn about the most common symbols found on maps, work with a partner to create their own map, and color in a worksheet which depicts the Colorado quarter.
K - 1st Social Studies & History
Cartography - Mystic Isles
Students research islands on the Internet and create a map of their own made up island. In this island mapping lesson, students research islands and their maps. Students then create their own island and map it. Students write in their journal and complete worksheets for the activity as well.
4th - 6th Math
Discover that maps show information about an area and that they have common features like scales and legends. View an aerial map of your school and find features on the map such as the playground, roads, and trees. Trace the outline of the aerial photos.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History
Using GPS units, small groups participate in a scavenger hunt to find an object that you have hidden. They use coordinates for stopping points along a pre-planned path to get to the final cache. This is a terrific activity to include in a geography, mapping, or technology lesson.
4th - 12th Social Studies & History
Land Plan Challenge
Links to two different versions of this mapping activity are available. In "The Small Version," youngsters design a town, keeping the water supply in mind. In "The Large Version," they also design a town, but they consider services and resources needed to protect the water supply and realize that the cooperation of many communities is necessary for longevity.
4th - 9th Science