Map Skills Unit with PowerPoint

$6.50

This comprehensive geography unit for the primary grades includes materials to help you teach map skills, as well as lots of engaging activities to give them the practice they need to master your geography standards. You will download a zipped folder containing a PowerPoint File and PDFs containing printable materials and links to access digital activities.

Description

This map skills unit for K-2 has all you need to teach your students about maps and globes. With an informational map skills PowerPoint slideshow (also included in video form), vocabulary resources, printable activities and books, and digital activities for Seesaw and Google Slides, this set will get your little geographers making, reading, and talking all about maps! Perfect to use alongside the read-aloud Me on the Map, this maps unit includes an easy-to-assemble “My Home” booklet with versions customized for each of the 50 U.S. states.

 

What’s included in this map skills unit?

This comprehensive geography unit for the primary grades includes materials to help you teach map skills, as well as lots of engaging activities to give them the practice they need to master your geography standards. You will download a zipped folder containing a PowerPoint File and PDFs containing printable materials and links to access digital activities.

Here’s what’s included:

Informational PowerPoint Slideshow “All About Maps”

This slideshow is packed full of information about maps and globes. The information is presented in a way that will teach your students about the features and purposes of maps (such as map keys, symbols, and the compass rose), while also giving them an understanding of geographical features such as continents, oceans, countries, and states.

Vocabulary Word Cards and Cardinal Directions Cards

The included map vocabulary words, each with a picture and a simple definition are: map, globe, compass rose, compass, map key, symbols, continent, country, state, city, town, and planet. Four cardinal directions cards (north, south, east, and west) are also included for you to display in your classroom.

Printable Map Skills Activities

2 Bedroom Map Pages: Students read and color a sample map and then create a map of their own bedroom.

Carnival Map: Students cut and glue symbols onto a partial map to design their own theme park.

Land and Water Map Pages: Students color water blue and land green and then complete a simple globe craft.

Cut and Glue Labeling Pages: Students cut and glue to label the continents and the oceans (2 pages)

Globe and Map Search Activities: Students “write the globe (or map)” with an A-Z printable and search for geographic features on a classroom map or globe. (2 pages)

Printable Map Books (3 Books): Students read simple text and follow teacher directions in the interactive “My Map Book.” (1 page per student)
Students practice scissor skills while making a globe-shaped “All About Maps” book filled with map skills information. (7 pages per 2 students)
Students complete a “My Home” stagger book in this follow-up Me on the Map activity. This book includes a version for each of the 50 U.S. states. (1 page per student)

Digital Map Skills Activities (preloaded into Google Slides and Seesaw)

Narrated Video of “All About Maps” PowerPoint

Four Drag and Drop Map Skills Slides

Informational Video about Continents and Oceans

Drag and Drop Ocean and Continents Slides

 

How do I use this map skills unit?

Begin by accessing students’ background knowledge about maps and globes by having a class discussion about where they have seen or used maps. Follow up with the PowerPoint slideshow, which can be read aloud in one sitting or used across several days. Young children will need time to discuss the information as it is presented, so be sure to build in time for conversations and questions!

The follow-up map skills printable activities can be used in any order (and you can pick and choose those that are most appropriate for your learners and standards). Some of the activities lend themselves to whole or small-group completion because students will need to listen to and follow directions as they work. The “Write the Map” and “Find it on the Map” activities, however, are perfect for integrating social studies into your center time as these are activities most children can work on independently.

The digital map skills activities and videos can be assigned to students as homework as a way to keep families connected to what’s going on in the classroom. They can also be used at a technology center in your classroom or computer lab.

 

What Teachers Are Saying:

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This is fantastic! I love your units and I can’t wait to use this for social studies, I especially like how you included all the states for the My Home activity- that saved me so much prep time!” -Roberta B.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ” This resource is awesome! I appreciated that it focused on key concepts of maps and geographical features, but also provided resources for moving outward in maps. From bedroom maps all the way to studying globes. It is great!” -Caitlin R.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ” My students absolutely loved this resource! It helps explain maps in a way that anyone can understand and enjoy. I loved the low prep required, thank you for a great resource!” -Gillian M.

 

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Susan Jennings (My Happy Place)

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