A map is a picture of a place that is usually drawn to scale on a flat surface. It can guide our way when we're lost, record our discoveries, and might even lead us to treasure! Maps have been around for over a thousand years and continue to help us find things today. There are many different kinds of maps for many different uses. How about maps of our moon or the ocean floor? Who would use those? We will be exploring the parts of a map, map terms, and the many uses they have. Where would we be without them?... Wait! Let me get my map...
Globe- A true-to-scale map of the Earth that duplicates its round shape.
Compass Rose- a circular design on a map which indicates the cardinal directions.
Cape Cod 1607 by Samuel de Champlain
North America 1650 Does it look like the map in our room?
Physical Map (of North America)- depicts landforms and topography.
Political Map (of Massachusetts)- depicts political boundaries and features such as cities, states, and countries.
Map Legend A key to what the symbols or pictures in a map mean.
Map Scale- The proportional relationship between a linear measurement on a map and the distance it represents on the Earth's surface.
Map Grid- A pattern of lines on a chart or map which helps determine absolute location.