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A Topographical Map of Korea
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.
What Can a Map Tell You?
Students investigate how maps can provide useful information about health issues. They study a map to draw conclusions about cholera death in London.
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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.
Mapping the Past
Learners 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.
Denali Park Topographic Maps
Students construct a topographic map of the Denali National Park. They identify different elevations and record historic landmarks in student science journals.
Assessing and Making 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.
Maps and Models
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.
Introduction to the World Map
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.
Put Your Face on the Map
Young scholars 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. Young scholars examine the steepest and flattest parts of the map as though it were a topographical map of a mountain.
Middle East Map Quiz
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.
Central America Map Quiz
For this online interactive geography quiz worksheet, students examine the map that includes 22 Central American countries. Students identify the names of the countries in 3 minutes.
UK Cities Map Quiz
In this online interactive geography worksheet, students examine a map of the United Kingdom and identify the 25 noted cities on the map using a pull down menu within 3 minutes.
Canada Map Quiz
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.
Build a 3-Dimensional Map
Students develop their map skills while creating a 3 dimensional map. In this map skills instructional activity, 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.
Why All Maps Lie
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.
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.
Mapping World War II
Young scholars create maps of areas of the world involved in World War II. In this mapping lesson, students map different areas with colors to show different factions in World War II. Young scholars compile World War II books of maps in commemoration of Memorial Day.
Mt. Whitney to Death Valley
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.
Constructing a Contour Map
Students create contour maps. In this geography skills lesson plan, students design topographic maps that use contuor lines to represent the elevations found in North Korea, South Korea, and Montana.
Learning About the Map's Legend
Students draw a map of a room in their house and place a legend on it. They explain the legend orally.