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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

John Smith’s Map of the Chesapeake Bay

For Teachers 4th - 5th Standards
Young geographers travel back through time with primary source and map analysis and envision Captain John Smith's arrival at the Chesapeake Bay. 
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Scaling it Down: Caves Have Maps, Too

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this instructional activity, 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...
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Interactive
Annenberg Foundation

Reading Maps

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Can you read a map? Scholars use an interactive technology tool to analyze maps of various kinds to gather evidence and data to better understand their meanings and usefulness. Using newly obtained knowledge, they form an interpretation...
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Worksheet
Worksheet Web

Using Pictographs

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
If one ice cream cone represents three ice cream scoops, and Bob has four ice cream cones, then how many scoops does Bob have? Learners solve these kind of questions with their new understanding of pictographs.
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PPT
Compton Unified School District

How Can We Locate Places?

For Students 2nd Standards
How can we locate places? Maps, of course! Expose second graders to the tools available in maps and discuss how these tools can help people find locations. Students also look at communities, including what makes a community and the...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Those Who Have Come Before Me

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Class members are transformed into explorers as they work in groups to locate hidden items and map their journey along the way. They then leave clues for other groups of students to follow, and ultimately discover how past explorations...
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Unit Plan
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National Geographic

Mapping the Americas

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Celebrate the geography of the Americas and develop map skills through a series of activities focused on the Western Hemisphere. Learners study everything from earthquakes and volcanoes of the Americas and the relationship between...
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Activity
Parkwood Hill Intermediate

Map Skills Project

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Young pupils develop their mapping skills and knowledge by designing their own islands, using geographic terms and physical features they have learned as features of their work.
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Worksheet
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T. Smith Publishing

Map Skills

For Students 2nd - 4th Standards
Help younger learners develop their map skills with this simple instructional activity, which includes 12 questions utilizing a map legend that involves highway markers, population indicators, and other landmark signs.
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Worksheet
Super Teacher Worksheets

Reading a Map

For Students 1st - 3rd Standards
Young geographers improve their map skills by practicing locating the cardinal directions on a map, identifying symbols on a map key, and describing where objects on the map are located relative to other locations.
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Lesson Plan
Education World

Edible Resource Maps!

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Young scholars discuss resource maps and examine examples from library resources. Working in groups, they create edible resource maps by drawing examples, such as popcorn on the border of Iowa and Nebraska. Then they use cookies in the...
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Lesson Plan
Education World

The African American Population in US History

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
How has the African American population changed over the years? Learners use charts, statistical data, and maps to see how populations in African American communities have changed since the 1860s. Activity modifications are included to...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Map Skills

For Teachers 3rd
Thirds graders reinforce that a map is a drawing that shows what a place looks like from above. They use a map key and symbols to create a map of the school and its neighborhood.
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PPT
Curated OER

Mapping It Out: Social Studies Online

For Teachers 2nd
A great way to introduce 2nd graders to map skills would be to use this presentation. The visuals are inviting and the layout is easy to understand. This would be a terrific way to cover the basics on how to read a map. There is also a...
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Worksheet
Luminations Media Group

Geography: Map Reading Basic Skills

For Students 4th - 7th Standards
Enhance scholars' map skills using this worksheet displaying the land of Kahitsa’an from the series, The Realm, by K.L. Glanville. The activity helps readers visualize the make believe-land, examine its attributes, and answer 10 short...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Countries of the World

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students define the meaning of the word country. In this countries of the world map instructional activity, students identify boundaries, countries, and symbols within countries on the map. Students distinguish the words country and...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Mapping My World

For Teachers 1st
First graders make two maps. In this developing and reading maps lesson plan, 1st graders read Mapping Penny's World, discuss the parts of a map, create a map of their classroom, and create a list of directions of how to get to various...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Mapping the News

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Learners explore cartography.  In this map skills and map making lesson, Students work in groups to create wall size world maps including legends, compass roses, latitude and longitude, and physical features.  Learners collect current...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Understanding: Geography

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore their neighborhoods. In this geography activity, students make a map of their neighborhood. They must include a key, natural terrain, buildings and streets. They also write a descriptive paragraph about their neighborhood.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Map Making

For Students 2nd - 4th
In this map making activity, students draw a map of their home including a map key. In this drawing activity, students create one map.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Topographic Mapping Skills

For Students 5th - 9th
In this geography activity, students read an excerpt about topographic maps and why they are useful for various jobs. They also respond to eleven questions that follow related to the excerpt and locating specific map points on the map...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Create a Country

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students work in small groups to list features and elements found on a variety of grade- appropriate maps. They develop a class list of map features and elements to draw from as they create a map of an imaginary country.
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Map Keys

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders examine maps and map keys. In this locating map features lesson, 3rd graders use crayons, markers and colored pencils to label maps. Students work in partners to read map keys and locate given places and things.
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

U.S. Political Map

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners explore the symbols found in a map legend. In this map skills lesson, students locate the legend on a political map and explain what each of the symbols mean. Learners locate and identify several symbols on the map.