Draw a Map of an Imaginary Island
Use map elements, like symbols and a key, to show different features of the island and its people.
Make a Map
Look at an article in a newspaper, magazine, or online. How might information in the article be represented on a map? Create a map showing that information.
Mark Latitude and Longitude
Whenever you read a magazine or newspaper article, find the latitude and longitude of the location in which the focus of the article takes place. On a world map, mark the locations. See how long it takes until you have marks in most countries.
Map Your Senses
Plot an unusual, but safe, route on a map of your school or surrounding area. Use a journal to take notes on the things you see, smell, hear, touch, and taste along the way. Take photographs if you can. Then use art supplies to create a sensory map of your community. Be creative! Use pens, pencils, paint, construction paper, pictures, or any other materials.
Make an Earth Pendant or Light Catcher
Trace the earth onto a piece of acetate, using colored cellophane for land and water, and hang it from your window with yarn.
Learn From Maps
Find examples of maps when you are in a shopping mall, amusement park, train station, or another place. Critique whether or not the map is easy to use. Then make your own map of the area.
Find Your Birthday Coordinates
Use the month for latitude and day for longitude. For example, if your birthday is November 26, your coordinates could be 11°N, 26°E. Or, you can make four sets of coordinates for your birthday, depending on whether you use north or south latitude, or east or west longitude. Print a world map and plot your birthday coordinates. What would it be like to have a party there?
Explore a Line of Latitude
Pick a line of latitude and use a globe to trace that line in a full circle. Make a list of the countries and other important features, such as mountain ranges or deserts, that the line of latitude passes through. Think about the similarities and differences between these countries and features. If you don't have a globe, use the MapMaker Interactive to do this project online.