Africa: Interpreting Physical Maps

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Get young cartographers looking at population densities in Africa. As they look at the continent, learners examine human features of particular regions in a physical map. They use clues about the geography of Africa to determine how the people live.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a geography lesson when studying the seven continents
  • Make a word wall or vocabulary sheet that has the vocabulary listed for learners to use as reference
  • Model how to find some things on the map before allowing leaners to do the activity on their own
  • Project the map for the class to see or print it out for student pairs to examine more closely
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes learners are familiar with map features, how to read a key, and latitude and longitude
  • Use the computer activity as a homework assignment, ensuring all learners have access to the Internet
  • Aligns with NC social studies objectives but can be adapted to meet other state standards as well
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Comes with a physical map of Africa and a data chart
  • Provides a detailed plan, extension ideas

  • None
Common Core