Introduction to Maps: Thinking Outside of the Grid

Introduction to Maps: Thinking Outside of the Grid
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I made this powerpoint for a 6th grade mapping class I'm teaching, but I think it could work for an introduction to a geography unit and that many ages would find it interestesting (I even showed it to my wife!). Basically, I wanted students to think more about why maps look the way they do, what decisions go into making any map, and how various cultures have created different maps. It ranges from orientation to different projections to different cultures (The Marshall Island stick charts, the Inuit tactile maps, and the Aboriginee's songlines).

Besides the presentation, it includes 10 quiz questions about the presentations (with answer slides) and the notes I used (I put these on the final 4 slides so people could just print them off and use, not show).

When I did this in my class, the presentation itself only took one day, but I had students research one of the 3 cultures' maps for a second day, and share what they learned for a third day. I hope you enjoy!

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