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Explore the Civil Rights Trail—Interactive Map

For Students 4th - 12th
An interactive map equipped with images, text, and clickable links takes history buffs on a journey through the Civil Rights trail. Scholars discovery locations including Atlanta, Georgia, Jackson, and Mississippi as part of an...
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Size It Up: Map Skills

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Compare information from a US population cartogram and a standard US map. Learners draw conclusions about population density by analyzing census data a population distribution. They discover that census data is used to apportion seats in...
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Map of The USA Jigsaw Puzzle

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Encourage young learners to explore the United States with this printable map puzzle. A fun activity that engages children in learning US geography.
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Scaling it Down: Caves Have Maps, Too

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Measurement and map skills are the focus of this lesson plan, where learners crawl through a "cave" made out of boxes, desks and chairs, observing the dimensions.  Your young geographers measure various aspects of the cave and practice...
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Map Skills

For Teachers 3rd
Thirds graders reinforce that a map is a drawing that shows what a place looks like from above. They use a map key and symbols to create a map of the school and its neighborhood.
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Map Skills

For Students 5th - 7th Standards
Young geographers will need to use a variety of map skills to complete the tasks required on this worksheet. Examples of activities include using references to label a map of Mexico, identify Canadian territories and European countries,...
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The African American Population in US History

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
How has the African American population changed over the years? Learners use charts, statistical data, and maps to see how populations in African American communities have changed since the 1860s. Activity modifications are included to...
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Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Second and third graders practice with basic map skills. They create their own map including a legend and a compass rose. This fabulous plan has many excellent websites linked which allow learners to explore maps of all kinds; including...
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Latitude, Longitude and Map Projections

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the significance of map projections. They use Arc View GIS to compare/contrast the geographic coordinate system, identify the main properties of map projections, and produce a map.
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Reading the World: Latitude and Longitude Lesson latitude and longitude, maps, coordinates on a map, prime meridian, reading maps, equator, globes

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Find five activities all about longitude and latitude! Use oranges to show the equator and prime meridian, plot birthdays on a map using coordinates, and plan a dream vacation. 
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US City Quality of Life Analysis and Comparison

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze US census data and criteria to compare and measure the quality of life in the country's fifty largest cities. After accessing the 2005 quality of life world report online, students conduct their study to compare three...
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Blank US Map

For Students 3rd - 12th
In this blank outline map activity, students study the physical boundaries of the 50 states that make the United States. This outline map may be used for a variety of geographic activities.
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How Do Maps Help Us Understand the World We Live In?

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
How many different ways can the earth be displayed? Learners view a physical and political map of the Eastern Hemisphere, and discuss how maps help us understand the world we live in.
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Mapping Skills

For Teachers 2nd - 5th Standards
Spark interest and enhance your pupils' map skills using Matteo Pericoli's book, See the City: the Journey of Manhattan Unfurled. Through Pericoli's illustrations and text, learners explore the East and West side of Manhattan. Then,...
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United States Map- Intermediate Directions

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students identify the four intermediate directions. For this map skills lesson, students use post-it notes to label the four intermediate directions on a map. Students locate various states using intermediate directions.
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Magical Maps

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discuss the importance of using maps and how they are used. After they listen to a folktale, they develop their own story line maps and write their own folktale to accompany a map. They also identify and locate the seven...
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Mapping Mistakes

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine early European maps and explore geographic errors. They also view maps of the geography of North America. Students discuss the obstacles faced by early explorers in mapping unexplored territory. They consider...
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Orienteering: Map Skills

For Teachers K - 4th
Students use a map to locate six specific landmarks on a course using a map. They identify how maps can help us and write a paragraph describing how to get from one landmark to another on the map.
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Map Me a Paragraph

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
There are so many great reading strategies. In this lesson, learners practice decoding. They break down two paragraphs to analyze and determine main ideas and details. They each observes ways to model as they map their paragraphs.
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Creating an Outline Map of Canada

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Young scholars use computer software to design an outline map of Canada and thematic world maps. They include symbols, and appropriate layers to the maps before printing them.
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Why Map a Map?

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
After brainstorming reasons why Native Americans mapped their lands, your young critical thinkers will work together to review their ideas and determine the definition of a map. With today's extensive use of mapping technology and GPS...
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Map: Bahai'ism

For Students 10th - 12th
How much do you learners know about the Bahai religion? If this is a topic of study in your class, they'll be able to use the provided map to show the diffusion, location, origin, and distribution of this not-so-well-known sect that...
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Map the Garden

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Young cartographers design maps of their school gardens, including a key, compass indicating correct orientation, and colors to enhance their map details.
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Mapping Perceptions of China

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students discuss what types of things are included on a map. They compare and contrast maps of China with a map they create and practice using different types of maps. They write analysis of their classmates maps.

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