World Map Lesson Plan

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.

What types of information can be found on a world map? This lesson plan uses two video lessons to explain key features of the world map for students. A mapping activity connects students with the continents and countries of the world.

Learning Objectives

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

  • list the continents that make up the world
  • locate the world's continents on a map
  • explain the process of using a world map to find a specific location


60 to 120 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


Analyze the relationship between a primary and secondary source on the same topic.


  • A world globe
  • A worksheet created using the Overview Quiz and the Location Quiz from the associated video lessons, one for each student
  • Oversized/magnified copies of blank world maps with the landmasses outlined, but unlabeled - 11'' x 17'' will work best - one for each student
  • Colored pencils

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