Title of Unit: All About Maps! Lesson Plan #_3_ out of _5_ Title of Lesson: Map Scale
Summary of the Lesson Plan
This lesson is designed to show another type of map as part of this unit. Students will learnhow a map scale works to determine actual distances.
Follow That Map!: A First Book of Mapping Skills
children’s book will be used to introduce following amap and the amount of time it takes to travel around. This will be read at the beginning of the lesson.
At grade level
Whole group discussion & activity, individual assessment
Compare uses of maps and globes.
Recognize different types of special maps, i.e., neighborhood, school, and classroom.
Have students meet you at the carpet and read them the book
Follow That Map!: AFirst Book of Mapping Skills.
Have them return to their seats.2)Using the Elmo, place a map of the United States. To review what they have learned, askstudents what they see from this map. (Responses may include, title, map key, andcompass rose. Some may identify the map scale at the bottom left.3)Point out the map scale which is located on the bottom left of the map. Tell the studentsthat a map scale will help them measure distances on a map. Give an example, if I weretraveling from San Diego to Miami, how would I measure the miles?4)Use a ruler to demonstrate that one inch on the map scale is equal to 300 miles of distance on the map. Have students practice measuring distances with a ruler on themap.
Next, ask the students how to find the distance between two places when they are 3inches apart on the map. If they struggle, tell them to multiply 3 times 300 (3x300). Askwhat the distance would be. (900miles)6)Ask students to use a ruler and the map scale to answer the following questions:a)In northern Nevada, about how many miles is it between the east and westborders? 300 milesb)About how many miles is it from Elko to Promontory Point? 150 miles
EDEL 453 – Spring 2012 Karen Powell- Instructor Submitted by: Joslyn Bomgaars