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#### Scaling it Down: Caves Have Maps, Too

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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#### Mapping

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Introduce middle or high schoolers to topographic maps with this PowerPoint. After a review of longitude and latitude, display and describe contour lines and intervals. Also explain map scale. This is a useful presentation for a social...
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#### Geo-Trip

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore geographic locations by creating a travel brochure.
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#### Maps Reinforcement

For Students 6th - 8th
In this map instructional activity, middle schoolers complete 6 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions about 3 different map figures.
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#### Right Place, Right Time

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete mathematical word problems. They study the relationships among distance, speed, and time; and measure travel distances. They measure distances using a piece of string and a ruler and practice converting several...
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#### Tracking Satellites Using Latitude and Longitude

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students, viewing an Internet site, plot the path of several satellites using latitude and longitude over the course of an hour. They learn the four basic types of satellites and their purpose.
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#### Map Scale

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Third and fourth graders are introduced to the concept of map scale. Using an illustration, they discuss if it shows the actual size of the object and why scale is used to represent areas. They use some items in the illustration to...
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#### The Gold Rush

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Learners identify the routes involved in the Gold Rush on a map. In this map skills lesson, students use a United States map to locate the routes used to travel to California during the Gold Rush. Learners demonstrate how to use the map...
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#### Cattle Trails

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Pupils identify and locate cattle trails on a globe. In this map skill lesson plan, students use a marker to locate Texas and Montana and use the map scale to calculate the distance of the cattle trail.
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#### Exploration of Scale Models

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars consider the concept of scale models. In this scale lesson, students compare the sizes of various every day toys to the sizes of the larger objects they represent.
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#### Lesson Nine: Size and Scale

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students investigate scale as it is related to maps. In this map lesson, students read Jack and the Beanstalk by Carol North. Students then compare the setting in the story to a landscape picture map to help them study scale.
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#### Map Work: How Far?

For Students 4th - 5th
In this map scale worksheet, students analyze a map of an area with several towns marked. Students use the scale (1 cm = 1 km) to answer 6 questions about the distances between towns.
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#### Geographical Skills-- Map Scale

For Students 5th - 6th
In this maps learning exercise, students study a simple map and the scale in kilometres. Students read the directions and answer one question. Students then look at a sketch map of a town and answer 2 questions. Students also read how to...
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#### Exploring Earth Through Maps and Technology

For Students 5th - 6th
For this maps worksheet, students read 3 pages of detailed information about maps, latitude, longitude, topography, satellites and global positioning. Students then answer 10 questions. There is also a research project assignment available.
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For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students apply their knowledge of scale when mapping the classroom. They determine the use of a map legend and orient a map using a compass. They create the classroom maps using transfer graph paper.
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#### Map Scale and the Pioneer Journey

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders, using a map, ruler and calculator, determine the distance the pioneers traveled from Nauvoo, Ill. to the Salt Lake Valley.
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#### Are We There Yet?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students discover how to use maps and why they are important when using a map. They calculate distance using a map scale and time using travel speed and a map scale.
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#### Map Scaling

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders use a map scale to determine distances between cities in the state of Florida.
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#### How Far Away

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students investigate how a historic map drawn in the early days of interstate automobile travel represented distances. They measure distance within their personal space.
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#### Plan a Cruise Lesson Plan

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students measure distances and report them in fractions, convert fractions to decimals, and multiply decimals.
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#### Where Is Japan? How Far Is That?

For Teachers 1st
First graders use literature and hands-on activities with maps and globes to explain distance and tools used to measure distance. They select tools to measure various objects in the classroom, then apply those concepts to their map...