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Introduce you map scale and ratios lesson with this informative video. A student demonstrates how to properly use a scale on a map, as well as read a topographic map. This is a fantastic video to show during your map unit!
Second graders use a map scale to determine distances between cities in the state of Florida.
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson, where students crawl through a "cave" made out of boxes, desks and chairs, observing the dimensions.  Your young geographers measure various aspects of the cave and practice math skills needed to create a related map scale. By observing a variety of authentic cave maps and create their own cave map representing the classroom cave students can solve and write related story problems.
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.
In this map scale worksheet, students examine how to convert measurements on a map. They read 5 examples before completing 8 multi-step conversion problems. They insert the answers in an online version of the worksheet to determine if their answers are correct.
Fourth graders, using a map, ruler and calculator, determine the distance the pioneers traveled from Nauvoo, Ill. to the Salt Lake Valley.
Third graders read Tall Tale of Paul Bunyan and use the maps in the story to relate to maps in their hands and shown how to use map scales. In this maps lesson plan, 3rd graders measure the miles traveled from one place to another using a map scale.
In this driving with decimals/mapping with proportions worksheet, learners solve word problems using a map scale in decimals to determine distances in miles and lengths of travel times. Students solve six problems and a bonus opportunity.
Introduce middle or high schoolers to topographic maps with this PowerPoint. After a review of longitude and latitude, display and describe contour lines and intervals. Also explain map scale. This is a useful presentation for a social studies or earth science class.
Students, viewing an Internet site, plot the path of several satellites using latitude and longitude over the course of an hour. They learn the four basic types of satellites and their purpose.
Fourth graders complete mathematical word problems. They study the relationships among distance, speed, and time; and measure travel distances. They measure distances using a piece of string and a ruler and practice converting several measurements into miles using the map scale.
Students discover how to determine map distances by using the map scalAfter evaluating the the distances between cities and the sizes of areas on a map, they relate map areas and lengths to real world situations.
Students identify map projections and examine polar maps. In this map skills lesson plan, students use a flat world map to identify various projections and calculate the distances between locations by using a map scale.
In this geography skills activity, students respond to 22 short answer and graphic organizer questions about types of maps, scale, and absolute location.
Third graders review spatial sense learned in grades one and two. They measure distances using map scales. They use atlases, and on-line sources to find geographical information.
Students engage in a study of measuring distances between geographical locations on a map. They are able to define and use the map scale in conjunction with the metric system. For this lesson they make their own maps and measure the distances.
Lesson 1 of 10 lessons in this orienteering unit is about maps and map scales. After all, orienteering is all about maps, compasses, and finding ones' way around. It is imperative to be able to read maps and understand the relevance of scale. This activity introduces map scaling and drawing in a fun activity. It's worth taking a look at this resource. There are also resource links to the other lessons in the unit and to sources used for this unit.
Middle schoolers work together to practice reading map distances. They explore using the map scales and how to determine how much area the scale covers. They create their own cavern to end the lesson.
Students are introduced to the concept of ratios. In groups, they convert sets of numbers into a ratio. After practicing, they use the ratios and proportions to solve story problems. They also calculate map distances and discover map scales.
Students interpret a map scale to measure the space in a milking parlor. They reveiw the process of using a map scale to calculate distances. Students are given worksheets, they read the information in the box together. They draw an aerial view of their classroom. Students decide what scale measurement they are going to use to reflect the size of the classroom.

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