Maps and Globes Worksheets - 1st Grade Map Skills - Kindergarten Mapping Skills

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Learning Objective

Students will learn about geography terms, maps, globes, relative directions, learn 24 vocabulary words, and use graphic organizers with cut and paste worksheets.


Introduce and teach kindergarten and first grade students all about Maps and Globes, Cardinal Directions, Landforms, and Bodies of Water using this fun and engaging geography unit! These map skills worksheets cover landforms, oceans, relative directions, maps, globes, map keys and symbols, compass rose, Venn Diagrams, 24 geography words, and let your students design their own maps. These maps and globes activities are designed to use with ANY social studies curriculum!

Students will practice, create, design, and learn all about maps, map skills, personal and relative locations, cardinal directions, and learn to use geography vocabulary words using these worksheets and word wall vocabulary cards.

This resource can be met to meet (Virginia SOLs K.5 and K.6) standards too!

Students will be designing their own maps, discussing vocabulary words, and engaged using this introductory geography packet.


This Maps, Globes, and Map Skills Packet Includes:

  • 1 Continents and Oceans Worksheet
  • 1 Globe Worksheet
  • 1 Map Worksheet
  • 1 Compare and Contrast Maps and Globes
  • 1 Compass Rose Worksheet
  • 1 Map Keys and Symbols Worksheets
  • 1 Continents and Oceans Worksheet
  • 1 Pirate’s Map Worksheet
  • Above and Below Worksheet
  • Top and Bottom Worksheet
  • Left and Right Worksheet
  • Up and Down Worksheet
  • Near and Far Worksheet
  • 24 Vocabulary Cards
  • Teacher Answer Keys with Extension and Differentiation Ideas

This maps and globes skills packet and vocabulary word wall set can be used for two weeks of social studies lessons and is great for whole group, small groups, center activities, homework, to have on hand for substitutes, and even TESTS!

This Geography Packet Covers:

Globes and Maps – Student will be able to explain and tell what a globe and map represent using symbols to find and locate objects

Parts of Maps – Students will be able to recognize symbols on a map, map key, label a compass rose and explain what symbols are and how they are used

Relative/Personal Directions – Students will be able to use and describe relative directions using personal directions for up, down, left, right, near, far, above, below, top, and bottom

Physical Features – Students will be able to identify physical features for mountains, hills, continents, oceans, and islands

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Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.


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