{FREE DISCUSSION GUIDE} Map Skills for Kids

{FREE DISCUSSION GUIDE} Map Skills for Kids

KIDS! LET'S TALK ABOUT MAPSLesson Inspiration by Imagination Starters

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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