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Personal Heritage Project
Seventh graders investigate the countries, states, and cities of their ancestors using maps, globes, satellite images, and Internet research in this semester long project. They are introduced to the project by a teacher made PowerPoint and culminate the project by making brochures, portfolios, and a PowerPoint presentation.
Scaling it Down: Caves Have Maps, Too
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson, where students 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. By observing a variety of authentic cave maps and create their own cave map representing the classroom cave students can solve and write related story problems.
Where Am I? Navigating Around the Globe
Third graders review spatial sense learned in grades one and two. They measure distances using map scales. They use atlases, and on-line sources to find geographical information.
Read a Map ... It's a Snap!
Learners are introduced to map and globe skills. They use grids and are able to construct their own simple maps of familiar places. Students are able to define a map, globe, and symbol and use the direction words north, south, east, and west to describe movements. They are able to use a grid to construct a map of their own.
United States Map
Students access prior knowledge and locate the North and South Poles on the map. In this mapping lesson, students understand the position of the United States relative to the poles. Students answer questions about the globe.
Mapping World Heritage
World heritage sites can be found around the globe. Many of these sites are noted for their importance in representing culture and location. Each activity included in this resource focuses on latitude/longitude, map skills, finding locations with coordinates, and discussing the importance of historic site preservation. The instructional activity includes a video, web links, and several handouts, as well as vocabulary and teaching notes.
Third graders practice their geography skills. In this geography terms lesson, 3rd graders complete the Map Explorers Library Quest and practice using geography terms appropriately.
Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map!
Students evaluate the different types of historical and geographical information that one can gather through close study of historical maps from the 16th through the 19th centuries. They create their own maps.
Way to Go! Create a Road Map Game
Students create a travel game of one of the United States. They research a state of their choice and create a travel game using a common road map. They interpret map symbols as they calculate map mileage for their games. They create playing cards to be used for their games.
Ireland: the Emerald Isle
Third graders complete a unit of study that examines several perspectives of Ireland. They explore how climate shapes Irish culture, reference historical and political maps, compute exchange values for Irish money, complete worksheets, listen to music and participate in a St. Patrick's Day celebration.
Third graders study factual information about Louisiana including the state flag, bird, tree, and important geographical points using the Internet and maps. They explain the different groups that settled the state in this mini-unit.
Donde en el mundo estas?
Students give & follow directions given in Spanish, using oral, written and graphics. They use maps, globes, atlases, and remote sensing, GIS, and GPS to acquire and process information about places.
The Mekong River
Junior geographers explore the region through which the Mekong flows, its pathway, the landscape, how people depend on the Mekong, and future uncertainties. They apply the five themes of geography to examine the region. They create a detailed map, globe, or model of the area and explain why people have settled where they did.
Mapping the Shape of Everest
With Mount Everest as the motivator, your earth science class learns about topographic maps. Begin by showing a film clip from The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest, featuring fearsome virtual imagery of a path up world's tallest peak. Set up a large classroom demonstration by draping a sheet over a tall basket and using yarn to mark contour lines. Photograph the model from the top and then display it to show how a two-dimensional image can represent the topography. Finally, have the class examine a map of Mount Everest and answer questions on a worksheet. This lesson really helps learners to make the connection between contour lines and topography. Ideally, you would follow the lesson with a hands-on activity in which pairs work together to draw topographic maps.
United States Map
Students compare the United States on a globe and on a map. In this map activity, students relate the sizes of the continents and locate the United States. Students identify the location of the continental US as well as Alaska and Hawaii.
Putting It on the Map
Students consider the purpose of various types of maps and their different uses throughout history. They create their own maps and reflect on the map-making process.
Mapping Your Way Around
First graders identify a map, symbols on a map, and locate places on a map. Finally, they construct a map
Sixth graders explore map reading skills and create a map of their own. In this map skills lesson, student listen to the book The Scrambled States of America then discuss key map components. Students follow guidelines to creating a map then take a quiz on map parts.
World Map and Globe - Four Main Directions
Students study the four main directions on a map. In this map lesson plan, students locate the North and South pole, and learn the four cardinal directions. They use the compass rose on a map to help with the directions. (Map is not included with this lesson plan.)
Analyzing the Perspective of Maps
Sixth graders investigate and analyze the various versions of maps and compare them to world perspectives today and in the past. They compare/contrast two world map projections that present information in completely different formats. Graphic organizers are utilized within this lesson.