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Scaling it Down: Caves Have Maps, Too
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson, where young scholars 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.
3rd - 5th Math
Maps- Looking at Map Scales
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.
8th - 9th Math
Orienteering - Lesson 1 - Maps & Map Scales
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.
9th - 12th Physical Education
Scale of Miles
In this scale of miles worksheet, students identify and complete 2 different charts that include reading a map scale to determine various distances. First, they use the scale of miles on the map to estimate the distance traveled on the Underground Railroad.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
Right Place, Right Time
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.
Third and fourth graders are introduced to the concept of map scale. Using an illustration, they discuss if it shows the actual size of the object and why scale is used to represent areas. They use some items in the illustration to determine its real size based on the scale.
3rd - 4th Social Studies & History