Before students begin learning about the history or culture of a place, it is important they understand the physical characteristics of the location. This activity is an appropriate introduction to a unit about Japan.
* Directions to complete map of Japan
* Blank map of Japan
* Completed student sample
Suggestions for Use:
* Students follow the directions to create the map of Japan individually or in pairs.
* Students use maps in textbooks, atlases, or online resources.
National Geography Standards
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information
7: Describe the physical processes that shape the pattern of Earth’s surface (8.1.A. Identify and describe patterns in the environment that result from the interaction of Earth’s physical processes; 8.1.B. Analyze and explain patterns of physical features resulting from the interactions of Earth’s physical processes).
Check out other mapping activities:
Middle East Mapping (make a political map and a physical map of the Middle East)