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Looking for suggestions for map skills resources for a short two week unit on map skills in my 5th grade classroom. I've been searching around amazon.com and can't decide which book to buy, so I thought I'd ask if anyone here has any favorites. I'm looking to put together a unit that covers basic map elements (compass rose, scale, legend, etc..) and lat. & long.. Thanks!


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TeacherspayTeachers.com

There are a lot of listings there that might fit your needs.
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Here's a great resource, and there are links at the bottom for more activities. http://www.myteacherpages.com/webpag...subpage=152879
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Check your local library. I just got a book called maps and globes that is for elementary school students. I also use There's a Map on my Lap (Dr. Seuss) with my 6th graders. A fun concluding activity is to have the kids design their own country or island. Depending on the size of your town, ours is small, I have the kids map their trip from home to school.
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:31 AM
 
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Natl Geographic has some cool virtual activities. Also, see what freebies are available on The Mailbox's website and edhelper.com.


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Old 07-28-2011, 07:00 AM
 
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heard about using an orange to teach latitude and longitude? I don't remember where I saw this, but you talk about the orange as a globe and
1. find the N and S poles - mark all of these with a pen
2. the imaginary line that runs around the middle (most will know of the equator)
3. then I locate the Tropic of Cancer and Capricorn
4. the Artic and Antarctic Circle
5. introduce lines of latitude as you can climb the ladder up and down from North and South, and these lines are parallel

then peel the orange
6. again find the N/S Poles
7. Prime Meredian
8. ask are these lines parallel - most will say yes, but if they look at the poles the lines join so they cannot be parallel. My students have actually been shocked. I don't know why they think these lines are parallel, but they have that impression (I teach 5th)

fun part - eat the orange!

Thanks homeoflove for the link, good map info there.
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Why not teach the skills with maps of your local area?

I start with a neighborhood map, then move on to city and state. I collected enough maps so that each two students in my class could share one for the activities. I created questions to go with each map. The pairs of students race to find the answers before the others. They really enjoy learning map activities this way. After a pair finds the answer to a question, they help me show the others how to find the answer on the map. I like teaching it this way so they learn about local geography as well as map skills. If I had fifth graders I might use a county and US map as well.
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I just found this site that allows you to print large maps to teach with. Maybe you can browse this and infuse it with your objectives.

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/megamaps.htm

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