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Students practice their map-making skills. For this cartography lesson, students collect community map data using GPS data recorders and image collectors. Students use the data collected and Hyper Studio to create and share their community maps.
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. 
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.
Fifth graders, after reading Island of the Blue Dolphins, explore map making using the Whole Language Approach.
Second graders explore the concept of making a map.  For this map making lesson, 2nd graders discover how to create a map.  Students must include correct symbols, a compass rose, and a map key. 
Fourth graders demonstrate map making skills by using the computer to create maps of the geographic features, regions, and economy for their state.
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.
Students combine imaginative powers with known map-making techniques to create a whole new world.
Students research about cartography and how to be a cartographer. In this math instructional activity, students draw a map of their classroom. They use a robot to explore navigation using a compass rose.
Students discuss the data and information presented on a variety of printed and online maps of China. They create their own maps, using data found.
Students practice map making skills. For this creating a theme park lesson, students examine a variety of theme parks, including Disney World online. Students then create their own theme park map based on their original design. 
Students study the Canadian North. In this Canadian North instructional activity, students study the physical characteristics and the lifestyles of people in that region. Students complete map making and creative activities that help them learn about adaptation, environmental impacts, and lifestyles of the people living in the Canadian North.
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.
Learners 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.
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.
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.
Students explore how to read and make their own maps. They also have time to complete worksheets and write in their journals.
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.
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.
Fourth graders explore geography by participating in a map activity. In this historical research instructional activity, 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.

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