Social Studies Map Skills Activity: Design own country. This activity has students use their creative minds to design their own country and then hide a treasure for another classmate to find. Students must meet certain requirements for this project, such as having a certain amount of cities and including a key/legend.
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Their country can be a basketball with city names of popular players, or it can be a shark with certain physical features on it (maybe the fins are mountains). Or the country can be a totally made up one. Whatever they choose to do, this activity seems to be an enjoyable way for students to understand what is really on a map (compass rose, legend, cities, physical features).
For the treasure hunt activity, teachers will need to make copies of the student maps. For this purpose, I would reccommend using a regular 8 x 11 sheet of paper.
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