Making and Understanding Maps

How many landmarks and geographic features can your class recognize on a map? Groups demonstrate what they have learned about maps and map making by creating a map of a real or imaged country, complete with map elements and a map key.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Begin by projecting an image of the area around your school and have class members identify landmarks they recognize
Classroom Considerations

  • The activity presumes that class members are familiar with mapping concepts such as cardinal directions and map keys 
Pros

  • The resource includes detailed directions, discussion notes, materials lists, assessment suggestions, and extension activities
Cons

  • None
Common Core