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Map Skills



Map Skills
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...

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.

Weather Map

Ocean Floor
Relief Map

Moon Map

Below are sites for
Activities and Information

Geospy Game

Geobee Challenge

Copycat Continent Game

Geonet Game

Map Man Game

Global Trek

Library of Congress Map Collection

Marstons Mills MapQuest


Geography Glossary

Real Time Sunlight Map of the Earth

World Sunlight Map
Gadgets powered by Google

The background music is
by Yanni

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