Geography Map Skills Unit: Info Text, Int. Notebook, Assess, Quick Checks + More

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This is an amazing resource for teaching map skills. The reading passages and assessments are fantastic!
This was an excellent resource for my students who had gaps in their learning and did not understand basic map skills


Help your students develop proficiency in GEOGRAPHY AND MAP SKILLS.

With this unit, they will learn to read a compass rose, key/ legends with symbols, and scales on a map. They will also be able to label the 7 continents and 5 oceans on a map, learn the difference between maps and globes and understand the effect of distortion. By the end of this unit, they will also be able to name and identify the purpose of different maps (physical, political, elevation, and population) just to name a few of the topics they will learn about.


*Checklist of all NGSSS for Social Studies 3rd grade (record date when standard is covered)

* 13-day lesson plans

* Social Studies Notebook Cover Page (Sized for Interactive Notebook)

* Unit Cover Page "All About Geography & Map Skills" (Sized for Interactive Notebook)

* 11-page informational booklet written in kid-friendly language

* 11-full page informational passages written in kid-friendly language (SAME text as in info. booklet just in whole sheet format)

* 11 interactive notebook foldables to record notes throughout the unit

* pictures of completed interactive notebook foldables to guide you

*40 colored vocab. cards

*Vocab. game- Match the Meaning (Perfect for differentiation! For each vocab. word, you are given 3 matching cards- a word card, definition card, and picture card. Students can either match the word and definition, the word and picture, definition and picture, or word, definition and picture.)

*10 Quick checks- assess students understanding throughout the unit

*3 Assessments- 7 continents & 5 oceans test, vocab. test, & end of unit test

*Answer keys

These are just a few of the resources included in this unit!


-how to read maps

-difference between maps & globes

-how does distortion affect maps

-how to use a compass rose

-cardinal directions

-intermediate directions

-reading and using map key/legend

-reading and using map scales

-lines of latitude/ longitude

-what are hemispheres

-7 continents & 5 oceans

-using a coordinate grid (grid map)

-name and identify the purpose of physical maps

-name and identify the purpose of political maps

-name and identify the purpose of population maps

-name and identify the purpose of elevation maps


-prime meridian

This unit is ready-to-print and has been student tested + teacher-approved :)


“This resource SAVED THE DAY! I was looking for something to fill 2 weeks of Social Studies at the end of the school year and this is perfect! I love that it has a booklet with front and back pages to save paper that we will use for a whole 2 weeks. AND it comes with quick checks for easy grades and a unit test!!! Everything I need in a social studies curriculum!" — Emily C.

“LOVE that this unit can realistically be taught in the time we have. Everything is included to just print, copy, and use.” — Kristina D.

“Love this booklet. Great details and engaging for the learner!” — Jenna G.

“Amazingly thorough resource! I'm definitely going to purchase more of your SS units!" — Sara A.

“Love this. The quick checks are perfect for checking comprehension! Thanks for sharing." — Sharon R.

“My kids really enjoyed these and they learned a lot. They are so much better than our textbook.” —Danielle G.



-SS.3.A.1.3 Define terms related to the social sciences.

-SS.3.G.1.1 Use thematic maps, tables, charts, graphs, and photos to analyze geographic information.

-SS.3.G.1.2 Review basic map elements (coordinate grid, cardinal and intermediate directions, title, compass rose, scale, key/legend with symbols).

-SS.3.G.1.3 Label the continents and oceans on a world map.

-SS.3.G.1.4 Name and identify the purpose of maps (physical, political, elevation, population).

-SS.3.G.1.5 Compare maps and globes to develop an understanding of the concept of distortion.

-SS.3.G.1.6 Use maps to identify different types of scale to measure distances between two places.


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