Map Scale Activities

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Teaching students about maps? Want to make your lessons a bit more experiential? This article provides a few ideas about how to get students workings with map scales in a more hands-on way.

Do Maps Still Exist?

A student actually asked me this question one day during one of my lessons. I was a bit miffed at first, but quickly got over it as I realized that students in today's classrooms have extremely limited experiences with paper maps. The maps they have experience with reside on their devices. This is an incredible opportunity for educators! No longer do students have to carry around maps and hope they have the right map for the right location and situation. Instead, everything is readily available via apps and the Internet. That said, it is important to help students understand map scales and develop spatial awareness. Here are some ideas to help students become familiar with how map scales work and how they are useful when viewing a map.

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