Strand: Geography Topic: Spatial Thinking and Skills Standard Statement: A map scale and cardinal and intermediate directions can be used to describe the relative location of physical and human characteristics of Ohio and the United States.
Hands On Map Skills: Cross Curricular Project to Teach Map Skills. Students use real maps to study important features, all while refining their map skills. Then they create their own map of a community, as well as a collaborative world map.
Freebie to help you- Rock your Blocks Center! Just add felt or foam pieces to your block center to create interactive maps. Kids can learn map skills, explore communities and community helpers, and practice a number of math and literacy skills!
-Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry and other representational systems. Create a simple map of your home and have a treasure hunt. This is such a fun way to introduce map reading skills to kids.
This resource has a ton of great worksheet games or activities that will increase my students map skills. I would use these as independent practice or a group activity after teaching them the different parts of a map.