Map Skills Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Working on map skills with your students? Use this lesson plan to give them an overview on map skills before zooming in on topographic and geologic maps.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain characteristics of different types of maps
  • read topographic and geologic maps


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Topographic and geologic maps, one for each student
  • Different types of maps for students to observe and categorize
  • Clay
  • Colored pencils/markers/crayons
  • Paper

Key Vocabulary

  • Topographic map
  • Political map
  • World map
  • Weather map
  • Population map
  • Geologic map

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

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