Map Reading Badgemap reading


(Discover the World)
by Kerry Cordy

Level 1:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.*  Look at least 3 different types of maps such as globe, a street map, a map of hiking trails, a
topographical map, a map of a stadium or auditorium, a demographic map, etc.  Understand what the map
represents.

_____ 2.*  Learn what an atlas is and look through one.

_____ 3.  Have a parent hide a treasure somewhere in your house or yard and be able to follow a map to go
and find it.

_____ 4.  Learn about a compass and the directions north, south, east and west.

_____ 5.  Use a globe or map of the world to learn all seven continents.

_____ 6.  Make a map of your bedroom, house, or yard.

_____ 7.  Learn what a key or legend is.  Look at a map with a key and find out what each symbol stands for.

_____ 8.  Go on a hike using a trail map and help navigate which way to go.

_____ 9.  Learn to use a grid overlay on a map to find specific places.  Usually there are letters on one side
and numbers on the other.

Level 2:  Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Level 1 requirements #1 & 2, but look at 5 different types of maps.

_____ 2.* Learn what a key or legend is on a map.  Make a map of your home or yard with a key to show
what each symbol stands for.

_____ 3.   Have a treasure hunt with your friends.  Hide treasures somewhere in your house or yard and
make a map to show where it is.  Then follow each other’s maps to find the treasure.

_____ 4.  Learn about a compass and how to find the directions north, northeast, northwest, south,
southeast, southwest, east and west.

_____ 5.  Use a globe or map of the world to learn all seven continents and all oceans.

_____ 6.  Go on a hike using a trail map and help navigate which way to go.

_____ 7.  Learn how to tell the distance between two items on a map using the scale.  If you need to
measure the distance of  a curving road, use a string to follow the road and then straighten it out to
measure it on the scale.

_____ 8.  Learn to read a demographic map, such as a political map of red and blue states during an
election.

_____ 9.  Learn what  the following words mean:  equator, pole, longitude, latitude, scale, projection,
cartography, cartographer, compass rose

_____ 10.  Learn to read a topographical map and understand elevation and contour lines.

_____ 11.  Go to a stadium or large auditorium and use a map of the facility to find a specific seat.

_____ 12.  Learn the difference between the following types of map projections:  conical projection, plane
projection, and interrupted projection.

Level 3:  Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.*  Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.*  Learn to read a street map and give specific directions to someone driving to get from one place
to another.

_____ 3.   Have a treasure hunt with your friends.  Hide treasures somewhere in your house or yard and
make a map to show where it is.  Then follow each other’s maps to find the treasure.

_____ 4.  Learn about a compass and how to find the directions north, northeast, northwest, south,
southeast, southwest, east and west.  Learn to orient a map using a compass so that you read it accurately.

_____ 5.  Use a globe or map of the world to learn all seven continents as well as all oceans.  Identify the
northern, southern, eastern and western hemispheres as well as lines of  longitude and latitude.

_____ 6.  Go on a hike using a trail map and help navigate which way to go.

_____ 7.  Learn how to tell the distance between two items on a map using the scale.  If you need to
measure the distance of  a curving road, use a string to follow the road and then straighten it out to
measure it on the scale.  Plan a short road trip and use the scale to estimate the distance and how long it
will take you to get from point A to point B.

_____ 8.  Learn to read a demographic map, such as a political map of red and blue states during an
election.

_____ 9.  Learn what the following words mean:  equator, pole, longitude, latitude, scale, projection,
cartography, cartographer, compass rose, prime meridian, international date line, hemispheres, contiguous,
contour, true north, magnetic north, coordinates, projection

_____ 10.  Learn to read a topographical map and understand elevation and contour lines.

_____ 11.  Go to a stadium or large auditorium and use a map of the facility to find a specific seat.

_____ 12.  Understand how GPS works and what the coordinates mean.

_____ 13.  Learn the difference between the following types of map projections:  conical projection, plane
projection, and interrupted projection.

_____ 14.  Find out what a hydrographic chart is and how they are used.

Level 4:  Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.*  Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2.*   Plan a road trip and use a map to write down exact instructions as to how you plan to get to each
location you plan to visit.  Use the scale to estimate the distance and how long it will take you to get from
point to point.   If you need to measure the distance of a curving road, use a string to follow the road and
then straighten it out to measure it on the scale.  At the end of your trip, compare your estimations and
directions to your actual trip.

_____ 3.   Have a treasure hunt with your friends.  Hide treasures somewhere in your house or yard and
make a map to show where it is.  Then follow each other’s maps to find the treasure.

_____ 4.  Learn about a compass and how to find the directions north, northeast, northwest, south,
southeast, southwest, east and west.  Learn to orient a map using a compass so that you read it accurately.

_____ 5.  Use a globe or map of the world to learn all seven continents as well as all oceans.  Identify the
northern, southern, eastern and western hemispheres as well as lines of  longitude and latitude.

_____ 6.  Go on a hike using a trail map and help navigate which way to go.

_____ 7.  Learn to read a demographic map, such as a political map of red and blue states during an
election.

_____ 8.  Learn what the following words mean:  equator, pole, longitude, latitude, scale, projection,
cartography, cartographer, compass rose, prime meridian, international date line, hemispheres

_____ 9.  Learn to read a topographical map and understand elevation and contour lines.

_____ 10.  Go to a stadium or large auditorium and use a map of the facility to find a specific seat.

_____ 11.  Understand how GPS works and what the coordinates mean.

_____ 12.  Learn the difference between the following types of map projections:  conical projection, plane
projection, and interrupted projection.

_____ 13.  Find out what a hydrographic chart is and how they are used.

Websites:  These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their
content.  Please do not surf the internet without your parent’s permission.

Owl and Mouse: Interactive, printable political maps – http://www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm

World Atlas.com: Maps and geography -
http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm

DKTK: Pirates Treasure Map – http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/pirates/mmap.html

Enchanted Learning – tons of map activities for younger kids
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/mapreading/

Map Reading Made Easy Peasy
http://www.centremaps.co.uk/files/mapreadingmadeeasypeasy1_jpg.pdf

Time for Kids – Tons of map projects for kids http://www.timeforkids.
com/TFK/teachers/teachingresources/ns/search/0,28116,Maps,00.html?
searchstring=Maps&searchtype=skill&searchcase=graphicalorganizers&startindex=1&endindex=20