ESL Map Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your ESL (English as a second language) students map skills and associated vocabulary with this lesson plan. Activities and hands-on learning make concepts fun and easy to learn using materials you can easily find.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the parts of a map in English
  • find a location using a map
  • create a map
  • use appropriate English vocabulary related to maps


Lessons range in time from 45 minutes to several class periods


  • Map of the United States for sharing
  • Map of the world for sharing
  • Maps of individual states, one state for each group
  • Paper
  • Rulers
  • Colored pencils
  • 8 ½ by 11 paper
  • Candy and/or trinkets

Key Vocabulary

  • Map
  • North
  • South
  • East
  • West
  • Compass rose
  • Key
  • Border
  • Lake
  • River
  • Road
  • Interstate
  • Highway
  • Route

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 7 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.7.5

Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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