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Elementary Curriculum - Mapping


Learning how to read a map is an important concept skill to teach elementary students. Using the local town map will help them put it all in perspective with familiar land markers to work with. Students will learn how to identify locations, create and use map symbols, understand map scale and develop a map of their own town or an imaginary one that includes map symbols and a map scale.

Step 1

Create or enlarge, and laminate, a map outline of your town that includes main roads, lakes, rivers. Place the map where everyone in the class can see it

Step 2

Discuss with students map symbols and create a map symbol key for your map, such as hospitals, schools, grocery stores, houses and trees.

Step 3

Discuss with students the name and location of important places. Write the names on the map with non-permanent marker.

Step 4

Discuss with students "Scale of Miles" concept. Using the school as a starting point, have students work with a partner to find places that are one mile and one-half mile away.

Step 5

Hand out a copy of the map outline of your town. Have students create their own map symbols and place in the appropriate areas of their town map, like their school and the homes or businesses that surround their school.

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suegillespie on February 20, 2011:

I like Step 5.....good idea!

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