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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.
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.
Students 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.
Third graders practice their geography skills. In this geography terms instructional activity, 3rd graders complete the Map Explorers Library Quest and practice using geography terms appropriately.
Students study the four main directions on a map. In this map lesson, 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.)
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.
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson plan, where learners 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.
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.
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.
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.
Students are arranged into groups and are given a map or globe. Students select a location on the map. Students as yes and no questions to guess the specific place that was chosen.
Students compare the United States on a globe and on a map. In this map instructional 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.
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.
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 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 lesson includes a video, web links, and several handouts, as well as vocabulary and teaching notes. 
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.
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.
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.