Create a Physical Map Activity

Wise Guys
Grade Levels
5th - 7th
Formats Included
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The purpose of this activity is to teach your students about physical maps by having them learn about the vocabulary and parts of a physical map. Students will be constructing their own physical maps based on a detailed checklist of requirements. Terminology such as latitude, longitude, compass rose, physical map, cardinal directions, intermediate directions, hemisphere, Prime Meridian, and equator will be used.

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Included in this resource is:

Physical Map Teacher Tips (1-page)

Physical Map Template (1-page)

Physical Map Checklist and Rubric (1-page; 2 per page)

Physical Map Extensions (1-page; 2 per page)

General Map Skills Vocabulary Matching Game (1-page)

Physical Map Vocabulary Matching Game (1-page)

Rough Draft Example (1-page)

Final Draft Example (1-page)

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Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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