When students enter your classroom for the first time, here's a great way to see what they already know in terms of geographical locations.
The first map is a blank map of the fifty states. Students can work to fill in the names of all fifty states individually, with partners, or in small groups. The map is in black and white and an answer key is provided (in color).
Next, see if students can identify all seven continents and their locations. This map is included in both grayscale and color. If it is too much to print it in color for each student, you could print it in grayscale or black and white but put a color version at each table or on the screen using a document camera. The color version helps students to see where borders are a bit better. An answer key is also provided in color.
Finally, use the third map to see if your students have any idea of where ancient civilizations might have been located before you begin to study them. The ancient civilizations included are: Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs. An answer key (using general areas) is provided.
Please view the thumbnails to see some of the pages included.
Please check out my Map Skills and the Five Themes of Geography Bundle. The four sets included in this bundle are:
1. The Five Themes of Geography Posters with Mr. Help
2. Map Skills and the Five Themes of Geography (Activity and Quiz)
3. Map Skills and the Five Themes of Geography (Task Cards and Bingo)
4. Map Skills and the Five Themes of Geography Puzzles
You may also want to check out my "Less Mess" Social Studies Interactive Notebook Activities as well.