KIDS! LET'S TALK ABOUT MAPS
What is a map?
- A map shows where things are in our world.
- Some maps show rivers and lakes, mountains, forests, buildings and roads.
- Maps may also show things that cannot be seen, such as boundaries and temperatures.
- Most mapsare drawn on a flat surface.
- A globe is a three dimensional version of a map.
What is a symbol?
- A picture that represents something else is called a symbol.
- Map keys use symbols to show where different things are located.
What is a map key?
- A map keyis sometimes also called a legend.
- Legends or map keysuse symbols, colors, or lines to represent important places or landmarks on a map. They are usually located at the bottom left or right corner of a map.
Why are maps important?
- Mapsrepresent the real world on a much smaller scale.
- Maps help youtravel from one location to another.
- Maps help youfigure out where you are and how to get where you want to go.
What are the continents?
- On a map of our planet, the continents are the easiest things to spot.
- A continent is a large solid area of land.
- Earth has seven continents.
- In order from largest to smallest, they are Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australia.
- Sometimes people think of Europe and Asia as a single continent called Eurasia.
- Australia is part of a larger area called Oceania or Australasia. It includes many islands in the Pacific Ocean.
- The continents have different kinds of weather, landscapes, and populations.
- Most of the continents are also divided into countries.
What is a country?
- A country is an area of land that is controlled by a single government.
- Countries are also called nations, states, or nation-states.
- Countries can be large or small.
- There can be few or many countries on a continent.
Can you find where you live on the map?
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