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95 resources with the concept cartography

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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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Land Plan Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Links to two different versions of this mapping activity are available. In "The Small Version," youngsters design a town, keeping the water supply in mind. In "The Large Version," they also design a town, but they consider services and...
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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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Mapmaker, Make Me a Map!

For Teachers K - 1st
Here is a well-designed, very thorough lesson plan on mapping for very young children. Within the six-page plan, you will find everything you need to implement the lesson. They will identify various landforms found in Colorado on a map,...
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Life in Old Babylonia: The Importance of Trade

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students read maps and artifacts for information indicating the existence of a trade network in Old Babylonia and beyond. They list goods imported to and exported from Babylonia. They indicate trading centers on a map of ancient...
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Do the Tallywalker

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students study the basics of mapmaking, then make a tally walker, (geographic location device used in secret).
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On the Road with Marco Polo: Marco Polo in China

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners investigate who the Mongols were and where their empire was located. They research Kublai Khan and the region he ruled. They study the major products of 13th Century China.
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Map the Garden

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Young cartographers design maps of their school gardens, including a key, compass indicating correct orientation, and colors to enhance their map details.
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Connecting Cartography to Society

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Older high schoolers use maps to study changes in society like migration, population loss, and economic shifts, and then connect events from historical events to present day mapping of their region (The resource focuses on Canada, but...
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Great Grids

For Teachers 6th - 11th
Learners use grid boxes as a measurement tool and discover how grids are used for mapmaking and scaling down an area. They begin by attempting to draw a model shape drawn by the teacher by using the gridding process. At the conclusion of...
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Fantasy / Art Maps

For Teachers 9th
Ninth graders analyze a fantasy art map by Jeremy Anderson, paying careful attention to the way the topographic features of the land are represented. They create a similar map of Sacramento that includes topographical features as well as...
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Whole Language Approach to Map Making

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders, after reading Island of the Blue Dolphins, explore map making using the Whole Language Approach.
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Grid Frame Mapping

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students map and describe a small area of the schoolyard.
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For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the theory of finding latitude and discuss the uses of an astrolabe, cross-staff and octant. They determine an Astronomical Table for their classroom.
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Charting Neptune's Realm: Profiles

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Young scholars identify and describe the importance of nautical profiles in early navigation. They draw a profile of a street or mall and explore the effectiveness of different types of directions.
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Mapping the News

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars 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.  Young scholars...
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Map Keys

For Students 5th - 8th
In this geography activity, students identify who a cartographer is and what they do specifically. They study an outline map of a fictitious island and then, respond to the three questions that follow. Finally, students add three more...
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Aerial Photographs

For Students 9th - 12th
For this geography worksheet, high schoolers read an excerpt about aerial photographs and how they are taken. Then they identify shape, size, tone, shadows, and other hints that might be seen. Finally, students respond to 5 short answer...
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Over the River and Through the Woods: Traveling By Memory; Mental Maps, Geography

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young scholars are introduced to the concept of mental maps and their development. They transfer geographic images to a sketch map providing visual reinforcement and a means of discussion and assessment.
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Understanding: Geography

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore their neighborhoods. In this geography lesson, 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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Mapping Perceptions

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students create and read maps. In this map skills lesson, students draw a map of their neighborhood, then use skills acquired during map-making to interpret a classmates map and a map of the Ming Dynasty.
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Make Your Map

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this map making worksheet, students make their own maps, draw symbols and place them in the map key area, and draw a compass rose to show directions for the map.
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Schoolyard Geology

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Discover that maps show information about an area and that they have common features like scales and legends. View an aerial map of your school and find features on the map such as the playground, roads, and trees. Trace the outline of...
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For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students examine the craft of cartography and how the Lewis and Clark expedition created and used maps. They analyze maps, read a handout, create a map, participate in a mini expedition and map out a route based on travel directions,...