Map Basics - Scale, Directions, Labeling, and Coloring

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Scale, directions, labeling, and coloring instructions are the focal point of this map essentials packet. You'll receive a four page handout of notes that cover these basics and then one worksheet each to practice directions and scale.

Before purchasing this item, you may be interested in my more in depth Map Skills Packet, which includes everything seen here, plus another 15 pages of worksheets, tasks, and a mapping project.

In this packet:

  • Notes (4-pages) give your students the basics of map labeling. It explains map scales, directions, map labeling, and coloring.
    • Ratio and linear scale are explained with words and diagrams and three examples to practice are provided.
    • Cardinal and intermediate directions are explained with words and diagrams, as well as a mnemonic device.
    • Directions for properly labeling maps are broken down into four steps including handwriting, orientation, and when to use arrows versus using a legend.
    • Finally, there is a page on properly coloring maps correctly including only using blue for water, not allowing the same color to touch, etc.
  • A beginner's worksheet on directions called "Here's Looking at Directions" allows students to practice naming directions and locating places based on directional cues.
  • A basic scale worksheet entitled "A Basic Look at Scale" gets students to practice measuring and determining distances using the posted scale and easily marked locations.

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Total Pages
10 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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