Map skills, mapping a classroom activity. Great for social studies.

Spatial Thinking & Skills Physical and political maps have distinctive characteristics and purposes. Places can be located on a map by using the title, key, alphanumeric grid and cardinal directions.

Use the free website, Mapmaker, to create maps and practice measuring with a digital ruler.

Create Beautiful Maps with MapMaker

Cut out the direction words and glue them onto the compass.

-December -Compass/cardinal direction worksheet -This activity introduces the compass rose and the cardinal directions

Review key map skills in a fun, interactive way!  Students will scoot through 24 map skill stations to demonstrate their knowledge on map scale, relative location, cardinal & intermediate directions, US regions, map legends, continents & oceans, and much more! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Map-Skill-Scoot-An-interactive-map-skill-activity-for-intermediate-grades-2102874

Map Skill Scoot! An interactive map skill activity for intermediate grades

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Map Skills Battleship Game   My students were having a hard time with longitude and latitude. They could not really judge the halfway points between the longitude or latitude lines provided on printed maps and they could not visualize the idea of the coordinates and the fact that the two numbers together made a target on the location we were trying to identify. I compared longitude and latitude lines to a game of Battleship and suddenly lightbulbs went on!  I adapted a United States map to…

Map Skills Battleship Game

Map Skills Battleship Game My students were having a hard time with longitude and latitude. They could not really judge the halfway points between the longitude or latitude lines provided on printed maps and they could not visualize the idea of the coor

Create your own pirate map. Part of a map unit for first grade.

Create your own pirate map. Part of a map unit for first grade. - you could make a map of your school or of your city - include a map key

This Project Based Learning idea was a hit with my elementary students! They loved diving into map skills and landforms and, of course, burying their own treasure! This is a great way to introduce PBL activities in an engaging way. This PBL resource includes rubrics and step-by-step directions. A great way to assess map skills in your 21st Century classroom!

This Project Based Learning idea was a hit with my elementary students! They loved diving into map skills and landforms and, of course, burying their own treasure! This is a great way to introduce PBL activities in an engaging way. This PBL resource inclu

What could be more fun than creating your own island to hide your pirate treasure? Have your students design their own Treasure Map and Island! This project based map skills activity is designed to capture the interests of students while assessing their map skills. Rubric and student examples included!  $

Project Based Learning: Treasure Map

Students could take this idea and apply it to our standards and school. They could write clues helping guide students to treasure that is on our school property.

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