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Students study historical maps to view how the world evolved from medieval times through the Renaissance. They work in groups to examine the maps and present a report on one of the listed maps.
Students evaluate maps using the TODALSIGs basic map analysis system, explained on the worksheet. They create a map of Alaska using TODALSIGs. Students brainstorm the elements of maps.
Middle schoolers construct a topographic map of the Denali National Park. They identify different elevations and record historic landmarks in student science journals.
Students identify the differences between maps and globes. In this map skills lesson, students are shown a globe and a map and recognize the differences. Students use post-it notes to locate several locations on the world map, such as the Equator and the continents.
Students discover the geography of Korea.  In this Asian geography lesson, students research the shape, size, water bodies, and landforms of Korea.  Students create three-dimensional maps of Korea focusing on the topography.
Students investigate topography and contour lines by examining a human face.  In this mapping lesson, students create a plaster cast of a face and create a map of the contours of the face one centimeter at a time.  Students examine the steepest and flattest parts of the map as though it were a topographical map of a mountain.
Students  develop their map skills while creating a 3 dimensional map. For this map skills lesson, students gather specific materials to create their 3 dimensional map. Students gather cardboard, newspaper, white craft glue, and non-toxic paint for their project. Students are encouraged to include a small mountain range with a river and some fields.
Students draw a map of a room in their house and place a legend on it. They explain the legend orally.
Young scholars identify the legend and map symbols. In this map skills lesson, students use a world map to find various locations using a map key.
Learners create a 3-D topographic map.  In this map building lesson, students use cardboard to create a topographic map of the Catskills mountain region.
In this map learning exercise, students match a set of descriptions with the names of different types of maps and answer true/false questions and short answer questions about using maps.
Eighth graders discover the fundamental advantages/disadvantages of both maps and globes. They see that maps may distort size, shape, distance and direction. They discuss the advantages and applications of 5 types of map projections and the 3 types of maps.
Students examine an old map and new map of the same community. They brainstrom ideas on how the community has changed and why. They, in groups, create the community from the future.
In this topographic map worksheet, students learn how to read a topographic map and create a topographic map of their own using clay or Play-Doh. Students include contour lines by layering the clay. Students answer 6 questions about topographic maps given diagrams to find specific locations.
This is an intriguing problem that brings together real-world data, technology, and mathematical problem solving. If visibility wasn't an issue, could you see from the highest point in the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney, to the lowest point, Badwater Basin in Death Valley? Transferring this question to a mathematical model, researching maps, understanding triangles, and properties of similar triangles, are just a few challenges that this problem brings up. 
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!
Flat maps and globes are described in this short video. Students share the differences between the two using helpful props and demonstrations.
The students in this video discuss population around the world. They explain how to properly read a population map. Tip: Creating a video like this is a great way to for your students to show what they have learned!
Ninth graders utilize several different types of maps to forecast weather conditions specific areas of the country. Air masses, wind, cloud types, fronts, and the pH of the rain is explored in this lesson.
Students create maps of their own state using information from the National Geographic "MapMachine" website. They draw and label features on a blank map of their state, discuss the geographic features of their state, and create a state map from memory.