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Amateur seismologists explore Earth's earthquakes in real time using a variety of map styles and parameter selections.
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 study maps of New Mexico examining settlement patterns over time and the location of water sources. They research the history of their community and discover how cultural groups interacted, adapted to their physical environments, and allocated water for their needs. Finally they construct a three-dimensional clay model of land forms in their community.
Students identify the differences between maps and globes. For 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 plan, 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 activity, 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.
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the map that includes 26 Middle Eastern countries. Students identify the names of the countries in 4 minutes.
In this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the map that includes 13 Canadian provinces and territories. Students identify the names of the provinces and territories in 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
For this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the map that includes 12 California cities. Students identify the names of the cities in 3 minutes.
In this online interactive geography activity, students examine a map of Florida and identify the 12 noted cities on the map using a pull down menu within 3 minutes.
For this online interactive geography worksheet, students examine a map of New York and identify the 11 noted cities on the map using a pull down menu within 3 minutes.
In this online interactive geography worksheet, learners examine a map of the state of Washington and identify the 13 noted cities on the map using a pull down menu within 3 minutes.
Students develop their map skills while creating a 3 dimensional map. In 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 investigate how maps can provide useful information about health issues. They study a map to draw conclusions about cholera death in London.
Students study the components of a map, particularly the legend, the key, the symbols and the area. They develop their own map of a garden that they can plant in a future science activity.
Zounds! Zoom into live maps of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Zip to Wellington, New Zealand, examine the Zuidersee in the Netherlands, fly over the San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Travelers can choose classic, satellite, or hybrid map formats to view familiar or exotic sites or to chart a trip.
Students draw a map of a room in their house and place a legend on it. They explain the legend orally.
Students identify the legend and map symbols. In this map skills lesson, students use a world map to find various locations using a map key.