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Project Based Learning: Alien Planet Map

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2nd - 5th
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This project based learning activity assesses elementary student map skills. Students become actively engaged in designing their own alien planet and mapping the route to the alien star gate. Great resource for teaching and assessing basic map skills in your social studies classroom!

This map skills activity is designed to capture your students’ interests while assessing their map skills. Students won’t even know they are being assessed! This alien project is created to be intrinsically motivational- most students love being alien ambassadors for a couple of days!

Although this map project can be used as a culminating activity, it can also be used as a spring board for new learning of map skills. Feel free to use it as it suits your students best!


This Resource is Helpful for:

►Grade level teachers wanting to teach or assess students’ basic mapping skills and knowledge of landforms and community services

►Social Studies specialist that want to assess students’ mapping skills

►Gifted teachers looking to enrich their students with Project Based Learning

►Special education teachers hoping to spark students’ interest


Here’s What You Can Expect to See in this Resource:

→ 2 project options: one with ONLY landforms and one with landforms and community services. Pick the one that best suits your classroom’s needs.

→Tips for a successful project

→Clear and easy to follow student directions. Each part is broken down into step-by-step instructions.

→Student checklists to help keep their work focused and going in the right direction.
→A project rubric for students to self-evaluate and for teachers to assess student work.

→Extension activities for students that finish early.
→Students can write creatively as they fill out their Ambassador’s Log and can also use their creativity to draw pictures of their aliens.


In this project, students will use map skills to:

★Design their own planets

★Place labels on their planets

★Place landforms and community services on their planets

★Construct a map key with symbols

★Create a compass rose with cardinal and intermediate directions

★Use directionality to go from landform to landform and to the alien star gate

★Write out the path to their alien star gate using cardinal and intermediate directions

Students will apply basic map skills throughout the project!


This project covers the same activities as my Project Based Learning: Treasure Map project only with aliens instead of pirates.

Project Based Learning: Treasure Map

Here is what teachers like you are saying about the project!

Sally said, “I was so tired of grading plain old tests. This is now one of my favorite Social Studies projects because every single one of them is unique, and it still gives them the opportunity to test their map skills. This is one of my favorite products I have ever purchased!!”

3rd Grade Dreamers said, “This was the best map skill project I have ever found. My kids learned so many things all in one project. I also have received many compliments from my fellow teachers on them because they are hanging up in the hallway. Thank you so much!”

Leonor said, “Wonderful and invaluable resource! I can tell so much thought and effort has been put into everything. This makes my planning and teaching so much easier and better! Thanks so much for your dedication to quality material!”

Michelle said, “Extremely thorough, well laid out, and even differentiated! I wish everything on TPT was as well done as this! the projects came out WONDERFULLY!”


Check out my other Alien Projects:

Mapping Continents and Oceans PBL: Track Down Visiting Aliens

Check out my other Mapping Projects:

Project Based Learning: Treasure Map

Mapping Continents and Oceans PBL: Track Down Visiting Aliens

Mapping Continents and Oceans PBL: Treasure Map


My Mission

This resource was designed to help you REACH your students and IGNITE that wonder inside of them. I wanted to create a resource to support you while you CONNECT with your students over exciting projects that are infused with the 21st century skills of collaboration and problem solving.

I am passionate about helping YOU positively impact your students’ lives and I want to aid you in EMPOWERING your students to be LIFELONG learners! I am super excited to work with you on reaching your students!



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Total Pages
48 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 days
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