Understanding Maps

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Video: Understanding Maps

Relate the three-dimensional world in which we live to the two-dimensional world of maps by taking a plane ride over a neighborhood and translating the view onto a flat map. Demonstrates points on a compass, how different types of maps show different things, what symbols and scales are, and what a globe is.

Student Application

Discover the most important thing to using a map to get from one location to another.

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will understand that a map is a flat drawing that shows what an area looks like from above. Maps can show the features of land areas or even the plan for the inside of a building.
  2. Students will realize that people use maps to help them find the quickest route from point A to point B.
  3. Students will o...

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Supporting Activities

  1. Before viewing the video

    1. Pretend there is a new member in the class. Select a student to tell him/her how to get to the office, using words first and then drawing a map on the board. Let the "new" student follow these directions and see where he/she ends up.

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