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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 construct a topographic map of the Denali National Park. They identify different elevations and record historic landmarks in student science journals.
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.
Learners identify the differences between maps and globes. In this map skills activity, students are shown a globe and a map and recognize the differences. Learners 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 draw a map of a room in their house and place a legend on it. They explain the legend orally.
Learners identify the legend and map symbols. In this map skills lesson, students use a world map to find various locations using a map key.
Pupils 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 worksheet, 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.
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!
Students craft miniature mountains from lumps of clay. They translate their mountains into topographic maps.
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.
Students uses atlases, maps, and Web resources to generate and examine maps of their own neighborhoods. This activity serve as background for the map-reading tasks in the next lessons.
Students use topographic map skills to interpret impact of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens on the volcano's topography, and draw profile views of Mount St. Helens before and after the May 18, 1980, eruption.