FREE How to Read Maps Printable Unit

July 18, 2020

Bonnie Rose Hudson

Bonnie Rose Hudson

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Even in today’s world of GPS and online directions, knowing how to read a map is an important skill. You can help your kids develop these skills while having fun with this FREE How to Read Maps printable unit.

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How to Read Maps

People have been mapping the world around them since nearly the beginning of time. With today’s GPS options, kids may wonder if they even need to know how to read maps or understand directions. The answer is YES!

Maps are important, and you can help them learn how to understand them with this FREE How to Read Maps Printable.

Maps of all kinds will come up in their studies as ways of illustrating important information. This unit helps students learn what various types of maps are and what purposes each one serves.

What’s in this printable?

  • political maps
  • historical maps
  • physical maps
  • weather maps
  • climate maps
  • time zone maps
  • transportation maps
  • street maps

They’ll also learn how to analyze and understand the maps they are reading by learning about the parts of maps and their functions. They’ll learn about the:

  • title
  • data frame
  • scale
  • legend
  • compass rose
  • north arrow
  • latitude
  • longitude
  • map index
  • inset map

Students will also have the chance to create their own political map, physical map, weather map, and more plus work with time zones, latitude, and longitude.

Two bonus sets of printable fact cards to review key terms are also included. One set is in color and includes the information to review. The second set is in black and white and includes space for students to write the information they have learned.

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