Introduction to a Map

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Our Introduction to a Map Lesson Plan familiarizes students with the definition of a map and its parts, using cardinal directions, and reading a map.  This lesson solidifies understanding with a simple map creation activity using provided supplies.  Bridge to modern technology by establishing the connection of maps to the use of GPS on phones or in automobiles.

Introduction to a Map Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Map.
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice in determining how to read a map, create a simple map, etc.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Our Introduction to a Map Lesson Plan familiarizes students with the definition of a map and its parts, using cardinal directions, and reading a map.  This lesson solidifies understanding with a simple map creation activity using provided supplies.  Bridge to modern technology by establishing the connection of maps to the use of GPS on phones or in automobiles.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display different types of maps for students to view. Ask students if they have ever seen a map before. Ask why maps are used, and how they can be helpful.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Distribute Introduction to a Map content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use sample maps to show students the different parts of a map. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair the students. Distribute the supplies. Tell students the map does not have made to be perfectly to scale.
  5. Explain to students it would be best to draw in the streets and highways before gluing the homes, buildings, and other parts onto the map. Encourage students to add color to the map.
  6. You may need to remind students how to make a legend for the activity. Circulate through the room as students work.
  7. Once completed, allow each student to share the map and then display them in a prominent area of the classroom.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Allow students to share some of the neighborhood maps.
  10. In closing, ask students: What do many people use today to travel from place to place?
  11. Allow for responses and directions. (Guide students to the use of GPS on phones or in automobiles.) Remind students the GPS is a system that is related to maps as well.
  12. Ask: If you had a map of any place in the world, what place would it be and why?
  13. Allow for responses and directions.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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CG
08/24/2018
camille g.
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Glad I ran into this

Glad I ran into this sight

OB
03/26/2018
Octavais B.
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Map Making Made Easy

This lesson plan is great. The resources alone allowed me to create an original lesson using the procedure in the Map Making Lesson Plan. I work mostly with Arts Integration in Academics so my students are going to love learning about map making, reading a map, and creating 3D pop art maps.

SW
01/21/2018
Skylar W.
US

Great Introduction to Maps Lesson for 3rd!!!

My kids really liked this lesson! They got to be creative and design their own maps after being introduced to them from the lesson! It was very useful and effective for my students.