Theme Maps

Different Types of Maps

Object Type: Interactive

Theme Maps

Media: Different Types of Maps

This extension activity will challenge our students to apply what they've learned to new models of thematic maps. The user will click on the maps to answer questions or follow directions.

The purpose of this activity is to read three different types of maps: vegetation, star charts, and climate. The students choose which of the three types of maps they want to use. First choose a map type. An instructional task or question will appear on the screen. Click on or tap the correct location on the map. If the answer is correct, the word “correct” will appear and you will hear a chime. If the answer is incorrect “Sorry” will appear and you will hear a buzzer. When all questions have been answered, your score will be displayed. Click “replay” to choose another type of map.

This activity can be used for a whole class, in pairs/small groups or individually.

  • All: Begin the activity by watching the video “Different Types of Maps:” Whole Class: Divide class into 3 teams. Have each team answer questions for each kind of map. Team with most correct answers "wins". Pairs/Small groups: Students in can break into pairs/small groups and choose one map type. They can work through a map type activity and then move back to whole group and have each group do answers for the map type and discuss answers with the whole class. Individual: Students can work through each map type activity.
  • (1) Have the students create a vegetation chart of the school grounds showing where there is more vegetation and where there is less vegetation. (2) Students can look up maps on the Internet or at the library and determine if they are vegetation, star charts, or climate maps.

    Science/research: Have the students choose a constellation and research some of its history Social Studies: Make a list of items for students to look up in different kinds of maps. Use cardinal directions, topographical elevations and political divisions to describe different map elements for your students to locate the items.