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Second graders explore the concept of making a map.  In this map making lesson, 2nd graders discover how to create a map.  Students must include correct symbols, a compass rose, and a map key. 
Second graders discuss map making and how to read maps. In this map lesson, 2nd graders listen to the story Me on the Map and discuss the importance of maps. They create their own map of an imaginary island complete with symbols and a map key. 
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.
Fourth graders demonstrate map making skills by using the computer to create maps of the geographic features, regions, and economy for their state.
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. Students also use GPS devices to create their own contour maps.
Students develop maps based on a virtual internet expedition of The Louisiana Purchase land area. They create the maps based on an actual outdoor expedition of their communities. Student create two maps, one based on the Louisiana Purchase and one based on their community.
Fifth graders, after reading Island of the Blue Dolphins, explore map making using the Whole Language Approach.
Students research about cartography and how to be a cartographer. In this math lesson, students draw a map of their classroom. They use a robot to explore navigation using a compass rose.
Students draw continents and oceans on a handmade globe and transfer their globe onto a flat map. In this maps lesson plan, students use paper and a tennis ball to make their globes.
Fourth graders explore geography by participating in a map activity. In this historical research lesson, 4th graders identify the route John Smith took when he reached the United States and the regions which he inhabited. Students complete a Venn Diagram comparing Virginia in 1607 and Virginia in modern time.
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. It can be simplified or added to for almost any age group and several suggestions are made to help you accommodate your class. If you have access to global positioning system units, this would be a challenging and memorable lesson.
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.
Young scholars use a tennis ball and paper to construct a student-made globe. They sketch in continents and major map features and then compare a flat map to a globe.
In this map making worksheet, students learn about the science of making maps, which is cartography. They then answer the 11 questions on the worksheet. The answers are on the last page.
Learners map and analyze the natural and cultural environment of the school grounds. In small groups, they sketch the natural and cultural features of each side of the school building, create a map, participate in a class discussion, and write an essay.
Middle schoolers explore what "sense of place" means by thinking about their own place in the community in which they live. They draw a map of their town, and create a story that is a personal narrative of an experience they've had in the town. The map serves as a visual aid to support the details of the story. The fine teaching idea presented here will take a few class periods to complete. The first step is the making of the map, and the personal narrative comes next. A nice instructional activity.
Students interact with MapPoint tools to view maps of the past and the present in multiple ways. They participate in mini-lessons aimed at locating certain points of interest or famous routes taken in history.
Students analyze maps of Europe, and research and discuss current wars in Europe, and compare them to World War I and World War II.
Students consider the purpose of various types of maps and their different uses throughout history. They create their own maps and reflect on the map-making process.
Students examine the case of a map making expedition. In groups, they read a case study on "The Lost Gorge" in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. They examine maps and determine where the error in the map-making occured to end the lesson.

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