Types of Maps Lesson Plan

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Introduce your students to five different types of maps with this lesson plan. Students will watch an informative video lesson and participate in discussion questions. Students will then engage in a research/presentation activity to solidify the concepts.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify five different types of maps
  • discuss the characteristics of each map type
  • describe the use of each map


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Analyze how a text uses structure to emphasize key points or advance an explanation or analysis.


Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.



  • topographic maps
  • political maps
  • weather maps
  • population maps
  • world maps


  • Begin this lesson by asking students to discuss the purpose of maps.
  • Then explain that this lesson will explore various types of maps and their purpose.
  • Distribute a copy of the Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps lesson.
  • Start the video, pausing at 0:40. Ask the class to identify the five types of maps.
  • Resume the video, pause at 1:21, and pose these discussion questions:
    • What do topographic maps show?
    • Do these maps only show geography? Explain.
    • Describe a few man-made structures a topographic map displays.
    • Explain what a topographical map looks like.
  • Resume the video, pausing at 2:23 to pose these discussion points:
    • Identify characteristics of a political map.
    • List the details of a weather map.
    • Are weather maps static or dynamic? Explain.
  • Next restart the video, pause at 3:25 and ask students to:
    • Describe a population map.
    • Explain a world map and discuss what it includes.
  • Now play the rest of the video, then ask students to answer the following:
    • Which type of map do elementary students use to learn the cities and states?
    • Which map might have raised features that you could actually feel?
  • Afterwards show the lesson quiz and ask students to write the answers to the questions, then review.

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