Frances A. Arango-Montero
Physical Map Features
- latitude and longitude
- map symbols
- map key/legend
The teacher should help students work cooperatively to create physical
features on a fictitious island country while reviewing the geographical theme
The students will be able to . . .
- draw the approximate physical features of a fictitious country on a map.
- create their own map symbols to be included in a map key.
- plot the latitude and longitude coordinates of the physical features.
- Map Worksheets
- Clue Cards
- Colored Pencils
- Visual Aides/Examples
- guided practice posters
- map key poster
- discussion question poster
- identification of topic "physical map skills" (latitude/longitude, map symbols, map key)
- distribute guided practice materials (guided practice worksheets, pencils)
- teacher directed practice using visual aides
- distribute assignment materials (assignment worksheet, clue cards, colored pencils)
- prompt students to add physical features to a fictitious country using unique symbols and names
- cooperative (pairs) practice
- What is the difference between approximate and exact?
- Which features could be placed exactly?
- Which features had to be placed approximately?
- Do all the maps look alike? Why or Why not?
- Teacher observation during student class work
- student completed map
- oral reports to share maps
Research and discuss ways a real cartographer might draw an accurate map of a country.
National Geography Standards
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools and technologies
to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
4: The physical and human characteristics of places.
7: The physical processes that shape the patterns of the Earth's surface.
This lesson is adapted from: "FINDING YOUR BEARINGS" 1990 Aims Education Foundation.