What Is a Map?



This lesson introduces students to map elements and concepts: what is a map and how is it similar and different from other visual representations of places?; legend/key, compass, scale, title and date, decorations/illustrations, projections and globes, purpose; how to interpret maps by reading the stories being told by mapmakers. Students create a quick map of their own, receive an interactive lesson about maps and mapping, and work in small groups to answer questions about some of the maps in our collection.

Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Grade Level:
K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Geography, Map Projections
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