Mapping the Americas

This Mapping the Americas unit also includes:

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 latitude and climate, to indigenous languages, endangered animals, and cardinal directions.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • You may want to choose particular segments from this toolkit that best fit your curriculum, and then provide supplemental materials for a more comprehensive look at those topics (for example, the Mapping Foundations section includes a wide range of information related to general map skills that can be further developed with other worksheets and lessons)
Classroom Considerations

  • This unit was originally designed for a major cross-curricular and multi-age collaborative project to create a jumbo-sized map of the western hemisphere
  • The CD required for this endeavor is not included with the resource; however, you can adapt the activities for a similar project that to a particular scale and size that you see as appropriate for your classroom needs
Pros

  • Includes ideas for dozens of hands-on activities
  • Includes several informative resources that can be distributed as handouts
Cons

  • None