Ch 9: Map Reading Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Within this chapter you will find a full set of lesson plans to help you create an engaging custom syllabus for your class on reading maps. Every lesson covers a different topic relating to the different types of maps and standardized elements on most maps.

Map Reading Lesson Plans

Use these lesson plans as a resource when planning how to teach your class about reading maps. They make it easy to create entertaining and informative lessons. Map legends, determining scale and other map-related activities will be explained. This chapter's lesson plans include activities, group projects and assignment ideas to help highlight the most important parts of the material.

How It Helps

  • Activities or games Each lesson plan includes ways to engage your students and get them excited to learn
  • Vocabulary words This set of lesson plans highlight the most important terms needed when using a map
  • Individual or group projects Every lesson provides you with fun, educational activities to enhance knowledge retention

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning map reading lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific map reading topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your map reading class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related map reading lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important map reading concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant map reading-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

42 Lessons in Chapter 9: Map Reading Lesson Plans
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Cartography Lesson Plans

1. Cartography Lesson Plans

Do your students know what cartography is? This lesson plan provides you with specific tools, including a text lesson, to teach your students about cartography. A fun activity reinforces learning.

Map Skills Lesson Plan

2. Map Skills Lesson Plan

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.

Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

3. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.

How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

4. How to Read Topographic and Geologic Maps

This lesson explains the main features of topographic maps, including contour lines, index contours and contour intervals. It will also cover two rules that all contours follow and discuss geologic maps and the information they contain.

World Map Lesson Plan

5. World Map Lesson Plan

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.

The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

6. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we're going to look at a basic overview of major world regions and see how they collectively create the world map.

How to Locate Places on the World Map

7. How to Locate Places on the World Map

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what continents, countries, states, and counties are, and use them to locate a particular place on a world map. A short quiz will follow.

Map Memorization Games

8. Map Memorization Games

Want to help your students memorize various maps in a fun, lively way? This lesson outlines several ideas for games and activities that will help students with their map memorization skills.

Latitude & Longitude: Games & Activities

9. Latitude & Longitude: Games & Activities

Longitude and latitude are just similar enough to be confusing. Help clarify the difference for your students with these engaging games and activities.

Atlas Map Activities & Games

10. Atlas Map Activities & Games

The use of an atlas is essential to students and learning how to use it is similar to learning dictionary use. Here are some fun activities and games for your students.

Map Projects for Middle School

11. Map Projects for Middle School

Maps are important because they allow us to explore particular features of an area in a way that we simply couldn't without them. Check out these middle school map project ideas.

Scale Drawing Activities & Games

12. Scale Drawing Activities & Games

Scale is vital in geography, and the drawing of scale maps and drawings is an important skill. We can make learning this skill a lot of fun by having our students take part in engaging activities. Check out these ideas.

Map Scale Activities

13. Map Scale Activities

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.

Orienteering Lesson Plan

14. Orienteering Lesson Plan

Teach students important orienteering skills such as map reading and compass usage with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text lesson that explains map and compass usage and then participate in hands-on activities to apply knowledge.

Compass Lesson Plan for Elementary School

15. Compass Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Using a compass is a great life skill for students. This lesson plan teaches students the parts and purpose of a compass, then applies this knowledge to active use before checking understanding with a quiz.

How to Use a Compass: Lesson for Kids

16. How to Use a Compass: Lesson for Kids

Knowing how to read a compass is an important skill, especially if you enjoy hiking or exploring the outdoors. Learn about what different types of compasses do, their different parts and how to read a compass in a real-life situation.

Parts of a Map Lesson for Kids

17. Parts of a Map Lesson for Kids

Maps use important features to help represent real-life areas in a more manageable way. In this lesson, we'll look at the parts of a map and how they can help us to better understand the land maps represent.

Cardinal & Intermediate Directions Lesson Plan

18. Cardinal & Intermediate Directions Lesson Plan

What are the cardinal and intermediate directions? This lesson plan uses a simple video lesson to explain critical facts. A fun activity gives students practice using cardinal and intermediate directions.

Cardinal & Intermediate Directions: Definition & Meaning

19. Cardinal & Intermediate Directions: Definition & Meaning

This lesson defines cardinal and intermediate directions, explains their meaning, and then goes over the importance these directions have with respect to navigation.

Compass Rose Lesson Plan

20. Compass Rose Lesson Plan

What is a compass rose and how does it help us determine direction? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts for students. An activity provides a memorable takeaway.

Compass Rose Lesson for Kids

21. Compass Rose Lesson for Kids

A compass is a handheld tool that helps you figure out in what direction you are going. A compass rose is a feature on a map that also tells people what direction to go to find certain places on the map. Learn all about them in this lesson.

Types of Maps Lesson Plan

22. Types of Maps Lesson Plan

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.

Map Skills Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. Map Skills Lesson Plan for Elementary School

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.

World Map Activities & Games

24. World Map Activities & Games

Teachers, this lesson goes beyond writing and coloring the names of the continents and bodies of water on a world map. Students will enjoy these fun and engaging activities while learning at the same time.

Latitude & Longitude Activities for Middle School

25. Latitude & Longitude Activities for Middle School

Want to help your students develop stronger latitude and longitude skills? This lesson contains several ideas for fun and engaging map-reading activities.

Political Map Activities

26. Political Map Activities

A political map is a map that shows the boundaries of countries, states and other politically defined regions. This lesson provides a series of activities that will help your students learn how to work with political maps.

Topographic Map Lesson Plan

27. Topographic Map Lesson Plan

Educate your students about topographic maps with this lesson plan. They will view a video lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in three interesting activities to reinforce newly learned material.

Map of Europe Games for Kids

28. Map of Europe Games for Kids

Looking for some fun games students can play that will help them learn about European geography? This lesson contains a few game ideas that will engage students in learning about the map of Europe.

Topographic Map Activities

29. Topographic Map Activities

Want to help students improve their map reading skills? This lesson contains several ideas for activities that will make learning about topographic maps engaging and meaningful.

Globe Activities for Elementary School

30. Globe Activities for Elementary School

Want your students to become better acquainted with globes while studying the Earth? This lesson details several activity ideas that rely heavily on globes and map-reading skills.

Reading Landform Map Activities

31. Reading Landform Map Activities

Do your students know how to read a landform map? Teaching them using fun activities is a great way to keep their attention, resulting in higher retention and understanding. This lesson gives you several activity suggestions to use for students of differing skill levels.

Atlas Lesson Plan for Elementary School

32. Atlas Lesson Plan for Elementary School

In this lesson plan, students will learn about atlases. After examining an informational text and answering questions about atlases, students will work in groups to create Jeopardy atlas games.

Reading an Atlas: Lesson for Kids

33. Reading an Atlas: Lesson for Kids

Atlases are useful books that can tell you a lot about the world, a country, or a specific location. The trick is you need to know how they work. In this lesson, learn how to use an atlas.

West Indies Map Games

34. West Indies Map Games

Learning about maps can be a great way to get students involved and collaborating with each other. This lesson provides teachers with classroom maps games centered on the West Indies.

Europe Political Map Games

35. Europe Political Map Games

The political geography of Europe is an exciting content topic that is perfect for educational game play. This lesson is a compilation of games that students can play to learn and review the political geography of Europe.

Reading Directions Lesson Plan

36. Reading Directions Lesson Plan

This lesson plan teaches students the important reading skill of following directions. Students will read a text lesson that gives them key vocabulary and tools and then create their own set of directions for classmates to follow.

Reading Topographic & Geologic Maps Lesson Plan

37. Reading Topographic & Geologic Maps Lesson Plan

Teach your students how to read topographic and geologic maps with help from this lesson plan. Students will watch a video lesson, do hands-on activities to practice and apply concepts, then take a quiz to check understanding.

Reading Maps Activities for High School

38. Reading Maps Activities for High School

The ability to read a map may be underrated these days, but it's still an important skill. This lesson provides teachers with map reading activities for high school learners.

Map Projections Lesson Plan

39. Map Projections Lesson Plan

Flat maps and spherical globes present space in different ways. With this lesson plan, your students will learn about different forms of map projections and examine the difficulties in moving between two-dimensional and three-dimensional images.

Topographic Map Project Ideas

40. Topographic Map Project Ideas

The best way to learn about topographic maps is through hands-on projects. These projects are designed to be adaptable to most classrooms and grades, but can help your students learn to read and use topographic maps.

Florida Map Activities for 4th Grade

41. Florida Map Activities for 4th Grade

Fun is the name of the game when conducting Florida map related activities. This asset offers multiple ideas that will have your students fully engaged in the process of studying the shape and landmarks of Florida.

Florida Map Project Ideas

42. Florida Map Project Ideas

The following project ideas use the Florida map to help your students expand their knowledge of not only geography but also art, creative writing, research, and mathematics.

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