Concept Development Activities
As a the teacher progresses through his/her text based
lesson on maps and map skills, students can be given the web
based activities as a follow up, enrichment, or as a
Use the computer and technology to complete all of the
- Define Cartography. Write the definition in a
- List the many different types of information one is
likely to find on a typical road map for any of the fifty
- Select a letter of the alphabet and write down at
least 25 cities or towns that begin with that
letter. Use a road map of your state for this
purpose. Alphabetize this list using a word
- Explain the purpose of a legend on a road map.
- In your won words, tell what the index of a map is
used for and how this relates to the index of a
- Summarize how one can use the mileage chart on your
- Close your eyes and point to two different places on
the map that are some distance apart. Use the mapping
program to find out the total distance these cities are
apart. Find at least three different routes
between these two places and print out the driving
- Plan a seven day sight seeing field trip of your
state to take with your class using a tour bus.
Make arrangements for hotels, restaurants, and
amusements. List an itinerary and the cost of each
hotel, restaurant and amusement.
- Use the legend on your map to help locate at least
one specific site for teach category listed.
a divided highway
and interstate highway
a roadside park or rest area
a recreation area
the state capital
a city of 25,000 to 50,000 people
a historic site.
- Using the computer and search engines, choose the
part of your state that would be the most desirable in
which to live and work.
- Create a "visitor's packet" for your state that would
be available online. Decide on what things your
website must have to make your state appealing to
- Rate your state on a scale of 1 to 5 in each of the
following areas, with 1 being excellent and 5 being poor:
business and industry
Be sure to research each of these areas so you can
defend your decisions.
Materials, Resources, Software
Utilize all the Internet has to offer.
Additional software includes online encyclopedias,
dictionaries, and Rand McNally TripMaker software.
Learning Styles and Strategies
Written: The guided practice assignments are
written and can be emailed to the teacher.
Verbal: Activity 3 under extensions requires
students to orally defend their answers
Kinesthetic: Students who learn best this way may
chose to create a hard copy of their maps and manipulate the
information through other means.
Visual: These enrichment activities are very
visual. The visual learner will excel.