Geography and geography skills sometimes get a bad rap as being too basic, boring or reliant on rote memorization. That doesn't have to be the case! this activity takes what could be a boring activity asking students to memorize the features of a map (title, scale, compass, legend/key, author and date), and makes it an engaging and though-provoking activity where students use higher-order thinking skills like synthesis to explore what makes a map functional.
Students are bored when they are just asked to learn something, making even basic content knowledge an exploration for the students gives them purpose for learning, and helps them retain knowledge. Your students won't just memorize the features of a map, they will integrate that information into their own understanding of how maps work. You wont need endless review or acronyms, because students will understand why these features are essential.
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Types of Maps
WWI Empire Mapping
Africa Demographic Mapping