Map Skills Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Can your students read a map? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to teach students the features of a map and how to use them. An activity puts what they've learned into action.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain the purpose of maps
  • list and identify the features of a map including the title, compass rose, map key, map scale, inset map, and lines of latitude and longitude

Length

60 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.5

Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Materials

  • Photocopies of a map of your city or town, one for each student
  • Paper copies of the text lesson Parts of a Map Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson, one for each student
  • Multipurpose white paper
  • Colored pencils

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