This great mapping activity allows students to map the states, capitals, major cities, and physical features of Minnesota and the Midwest
Just download the following the maps from the websites below or pick your own maps that works as well. I do not include the maps because of copyrights laws!
Please download a blank map of Minnesota at:
Click here to view the Minnesota Map.
Please download the Midwest map PDF at
Click here to view the Midwest Map.
The main website has other great USA maps.
Click here to view the website.
I suggest using an 11x17 piece of paper for the maps but an 8x11 piece of paper will work. Please make at least two copies of each map.
Depending on the age level of your students this mapping activity will take at least 1 to 2 class periods. Students just follow simple instructions to complete the maps. The mapping activity is in Word and can be easily modified by the teacher to work with any atlas or age level. My students enjoy this activity and it helps them visualize and learn the geography of Minnesota and the Midwest. For the state of Minnesota mapping I either use a website/Google Maps to help my students find the cities and physical features as a class. When I do the Minnesota map as a class, it usually takes a whole class period. I also ask my students if they have been to any of the cities or locations we are mapping and I talk a little bit about each city or physical feature. It is great way to learn more about your students and help them map Minnesota correctly.
The followings concepts are covered in this lesson plan:
Major physical features of Minnesota
Major cities within Minnesota
States of the Midwest
Capitals of the Midwest
Major cities of the Midwest
Major physical features of the Midwest
All of the Minnesota lesson plans listed below are in my Minnesota History Webquests and Lesson Plan Collection
Individual Minnesota History Lesson Plans:
African Americans History in Minnesota
Civil War: Dred Scott Decision in 6 Minutes Video Worksheet
Dred Scott: Slavery and Freedom Webquest
The Duluth Lynching Webquest/Lesson Plan
African Americans: Lena Smith and Housing Segregation Laws Video Webquest
Industrialization and Immigration in Minnesota
James J. Hill in Six Minutes Video Worksheet
Industrialization and the Minnesota Iron Range PowerPoint
Minnesota Mining Webquest: Iron Range
Great Lakes’ Shipping History Webquest
Industrialization in the 1800s: Industry and Farming in Minnesota
Industrialization: Early 1900s Logging and Logging Camps Webquest
Laura Ingalls Wilder Biographical Webquest
Minnesota Immigration Journal (Early 1900s)
Lindberg Files the Atlantic 1927 Primary Source Worksheet
Mapping Minnesota and the Midwest
Great Lakes in 4 Minutes Video Worksheet
Minnesota History Early 1800s
Fort Snelling Webquest
The Fur Trade 1600s to Early 1800s Webquest
Rivers and Canals 1800s American Transportation Webquest
Native American History in Minnesota
Jeffers Petroglyphs Minnesota
Mississippian Culture PowerPoint
Native Americans: Mississippian Mound Building Culture Webquest
The Upper Mississippi’s Buried Past Webquest (Archeology)
Ojibwa, Anishinabe, Chippewa Daily Life Journal
Dakota or Sioux Journal Activity: The Fur Trade 1830
Dakota Conflict/US Dakota War of 1862 Webquest
Please check out my entire collection of webquests and worksheets at the following:
American History, World History, and Geography Collection (History Wizard)
American History and United States Geography Collection (History Wizard)
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