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The Big Green Pocketbook
The teacher displays a $20 bill, the students discuss ways to decide what to do with the money. As students brainstorm things to do with the money, the teacher writes them on the board, grouping them into similar categories: "buy goods," "buy services" and "save the money." They read the story "The Big Green Pocketbook." Students discuss whether workers and businesses provide a good or service to consumers.
United States Map - Lesson 9
Students explore the concept of cardinal directions. In this geography lesson, students identify the compass rose on a large U. S. map and then discuss the cardinal directions.
map making lesson plan
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.
Nina Bonita: Culture and Beauty
Students read Nina Bonita by Ana Maria Machado. For this reading comprehension/ geography lesson, students recall various parts of the story and create a map of where the rabbit traveled throughout the story. They participate in group discussions about setting and observations of race intolerance, which is brought up in the story. This lesson includes ideas for extension activities.
Using 4 main directions in a classroom
Students use the four directions of a compass rose to locate classroom features. For this directions lesson plan, students locate the features by identifying directions.
Are We There Yet?
Students discover how to use maps and why they are important when using a map. They calculate distance using a map scale and time using travel speed and a map scale.
Follow the Light
Students investigate the role of lighthouses in navigation and practice the use of cardinal directions through reading activities, discussion, locating geographical features, and mapping lighthouses along the east coast of the United States.
Finding Your Way Using Maps and Globes
Students identify the similarities and differences between different maps and globes. Individually, they create a map of their classroom along with a compass rose. They also practice reading maps as a class and finding specific locations.
Put Me in My Place: Using Alphanumeric Grids to Locate Places
Students practice locating points on a large wall grid and create and label a neighborhood map. In this geography lesson, students spell and discuss places as the teacher places them on the map. They discuss the concept of an alphanumeric grid for location purposes. Students locate places using the grid system and complete a related worksheet.
Learning to Read a Regional Map
Students locate the local community, surrounding communities and major geographic features of the SE Utah and the Four-Corners region on a map, after receiving direct instruction.
The Oregon Country
Eighth graders examine how to read and interpret maps using the scales, legends, and the compass rose. They locate landforms, and major waterways that were associated with the Oregon Trail and County. They investigate the concept of Manifest Destiny. Finally, they complete a homework assignment.
Labeling a Map of Australia
Third graders label a map of Australia. Using the internet, they research the history and maps of the continent and print a blank map. They review on how to use a compass rose and legend. In groups, they create a brochure to share with their classmates making others wanting to go visit the country.
The Three Parts of Arizona
Fourth graders investigate and identify the main geographic parts of Arizona. They analyze a map and discuss the state flower and bird, how to use a compass rose, and identify the main geographic parts on the Arizona map. Next, they write a story about traveling across Arizona.
Pick the Right Map
Sixth graders classify maps including political maps, road maps, topographic maps, and thematic maps/historical maps. They answer a variety of questions on different types of maps. Students also review the basic parts of a map (compass rose, legend, purpose, etc.).
Intermediate Directions: Map Directions
A neighborhood map is a great way to practice with a compass rose! Use this simple map analysis worksheet, which begins with a short introduction on cardinal and intermediate directions. A neighborhood map is used to answer 4 questions, which have students determine the location of a pond, routes people would take from their home to a destination, and the location of the supermarket relative to a house. Consider extending by having students draw their own neighborhood map!
Lesson Design Archaeology- World Map
Students practice locating positions on the world map. In this map skills lesson, students explore the world map and items such as the compass rose, Equator, mountains, cities, etc. The students practice locating positions on the world map, with 90% accuracy.
Students explore things that move in a directional path.
Students study the use of a nautical chart and how to obtain information from it. They describe and differentiate the basic topographic characteristics of a chart and demonstrate the use of nautical tools used to plot fixed points on a navigational chart.
World Map and Globe - Four Main Directions
Students study the four main directions on a map. In this map lesson plan, students locate the North and South pole, and learn the four cardinal directions. They use the compass rose on a map to help with the directions. (Map is not included with this lesson plan.)
Using Map Skills
Third graders study maps. In this U.S. geography activity, 3rd graders explore directions on a compass rose and use a map scale to determine distances between two points on a map. They listen to a lecture and use their own maps to practice the skills mentioned. This activity includes a vocabulary list.