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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.
Use map skills to identify map elements, cardinal directions and identifying locations. Your class can locate the seven continents and seven oceans on maps and globes. They research a continent and design a slide for a presentation using the 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 lesson plan, 3rd graders complete the Map Explorers Library Quest and practice using geography terms appropriately.
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 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 plan.
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.
Flat maps and globes are described in this short video. Students share the differences between the two using helpful props and demonstrations.
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.
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.
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson plan, 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.
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.
Explore the major features of a globe using a globe and a variety of media tools to identify and label continents, oceans, poles, the equator, and lines of longitude and latitude. Many geography sources are cited.
Students explore the concept of the geography of Florida.  In this geography instructional activity, students outline the state of Florida and use maps to locate the bordering states, bodies of water, and cities.  Students will then research the state using the Internet to complete their maps.
Eighth graders identify specific places in the western U.S. using latitude and longitude. They research westward migration, explore maps on various websites, and compare/contrast longitude and latitude on the Eastern U.S. map.
Second graders demonstrate how to read a map key. In this map skills lesson, 2nd graders discuss different types of maps and visit the BrainPOP website to find out more about maps. Students practice finding locations on various maps by using the map key.