Maps are pictures of places - like cities, countries, continents, or the world Maps help us to find our way and learn about different places Maps can show us physical features like rivers, mountains, and deserts
Map - A two-dimensional representation of the Earth which shows geographic features, political boundaries, and other important information. Scale - The ratio of a distance on a map to the actual distance on the ground. Compass Rose - A figure on a map that shows direction and is usually located in the corner of a map.
The first printed map of the world was created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1507. The oldest known surviving map is a Babylonian clay tablet from 2300 BC. The Mercator projection, one of the most popular map projections, was created by Flemish geographer Gerardus Mercator in 1569.
Did you know?
What are some of the features on a map that help us understand where we are?
How can a map help us figure out how to get from one place to another?
What did you learn about maps?
What questions do you have about maps?
Brain break: Draw a hamburger wearing a disguise as a hotdog so nobody can recognize its real identity!
Question: How can you show the layout of a city using a map? Clues: • You can use symbols to represent different places on the map. • You can use different colors to represent different types of land. • You can use a legend to explain what the symbols and colors mean. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Draw a map of your school using symbols and colors. B. Work with a partner to draw a map of your neighborhood.
What is a map?
- A type of hat
- An animal
- A musical instrument
- A visual representation of an area
What do cartographers do?
- Create and draw maps
- Build buildings
- Study the ocean floor
- Make cars go faster
What is the purpose of a compass on a map?
- To display time
- To measure distance
- To show direction
- To indicate altitude
Which direction does north point on a map?
How are roads typically represented on maps?
- As stars or triangles
- As lines or paths
- As squares or rectangles
- As circles or ovals
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between a map and a globe?