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Maps & Globes - Activities for teaching about maps and globes source

Latitude and Longitude - Here are some activities to reinforce the concept of latitude and longitude. source

map skills - A weekly project I use is I have a bear named Gerald that I introduce to the students at the beginning of the year. I tell them that he is a world traveler and read them the book LETTERS FROM FELIX, explaining I left him in the airport as a little girl just like Felix and that he to got to go on many wonderful journeys. I have an old leather suitcase that he...source

topographic maps - For land forms:

Take a topographic map that has the land forms you want to teach. Make an enlarged transparency of the contours. Use an overhead projector to project the contours on the wall at whatever scale you want. Trace the contours onto sheets of styrofoam, one layer for each contour interval, and cut them out. Stack the sheets up to make the land form. Now comes the...source

As the Globe Turns - Students practice map skills using this printable game, ready-made questions, and an atlas source

Battleship - Printable grids and directions for playing battleship, which helps students practice reading a grid map source

Battleship - Students can practice using a grid map by playing battleship with this printable activity source

Battleships - A printable pattern for playing Battleship to learn how to ude a grid source

Blazing the Trail - A lesson plan with reproducibles that teaches students to understand proportional reasoning by reading scale maps source

Castle Coordinates - Two printable worksheets in PDF format that guide students in drawing a castle using grid coordinates source

Compass Rose - A printable compass rose to label with cardinal and intermediate directions source

Do the Tallywalker - Students learn how British spies in Asia used a tallywaker as a mapping device. Lesson plan provides background information and directions for making a tallywaker source

How to Interpret a Map - Two reproducible worksheets for analysis and understanding of information on a map source

How to Make a Choropleth Map - Using a student worksheet, this lesson guides students in making a choropleth map of a playground. A choropleth map shows regions or areas which have the same characteristics source

Imagine an Orange as a Model of the Earth - Use an orange to demonstrate the basic problem cartographers encounter in turning a 3D earth into a 2D map source

Map Adventures - Lesson plans with reproducible activities about overhead view maps, symbols and legends, directions, map grids, and scale source

Map Making with a Tennis Ball - Students carefully wrap a tennis ball in paper and then draw their own globe. Later, they remove the paper to see their world map source

Me On the Map - Students learn about the changing sizes of different maps by reading Joan Sweeneys book, Me on the Map. Hands-on activity ideas and example are provided source

Monkey Map - A lesson plan with a printable activity page. Students learn about coordinate mapping source

Salt Dough Map Project - Directions for making a three dimensional map using salt dough source

The Muddy Gap Concert - A printable worksheets that asks students to compare routes on a map of Wyoming source

What Do Maps Show? - A unit on maps from the USGS. Includes lesson plans and reproducible activity sheets in Adobe Acrobat format source

Working with Maps - Lesson plans with activity sheets, a teachers guide, and a giant reproducible map teach types of maps, symbols, directions, map grids, and scale source

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