Learning From Maps

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Jun 24, 2014 5:40:40 AM

Teaching Kids To Read Maps While Traveling


Understanding how to read maps is an important life skill. Educators and parents can introduce map skills and geography at a young age. Youngsters can learn to read maps at zoos, aquariums and museums. Parents can have children read maps while traveling places in the car. Teachers may instruct young scholars on how to read and use maps during geography lessons.

These texts are an excellent way to introduce maps to kids of all ages. An instructional goal for pupils may be to draw their own map. The academic text, Drawing Maps, can assist learners with the creation of their own map design.

thumb-5 Reading Maps

by Rolf Sandvold (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789765 AR:

Reading Maps explain how to look at maps properly and make sense of them, allowing them to be read quickly and efficiently. Colorful illustrations encourage interest and knowledge in this vital subject.

thumb-3 Drawing Maps

by Kate Torpie (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789734 AR:

Easy to follow instructions and colorful artwork come together to guide the young reader through the exciting world of map drawing.

Make Vocabulary Acquisition A Goal Of Learning About Maps

Traveling offers new and exciting information about locations, geography and many other things. The brain tends to remember things associated with novel places and experiences. Educators and parents can utilize this by setting educational goals while studying maps. Children can create vocabulary books. A good goal might be to learn three to five new vocabulary words per day.

Young scholars can create, My Map Vocabulary Book.

This book may include:




Visual representations


Sentences that include the newly acquired vocabulary word

Map Skills Vocabulary Word Bank

Altitude Height measured above sea level
Cardinal Points Four main directions on a compass (North, South, East, and West)
Compass A compass on a map which shows the direction, especially north
Contour Lines drawn a map to show levels of elevation above or below sea level
Elevation Height of the earth’s surface above or below sea level
Equator Imaginary line of latitude drawn around the largest circumference of the Earth and is located halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole
Grid Lines of latitude and longitude on a map which determine absolute location of any given point on the Earth’s surface
Key (Legend) A area on a map, usually a chart or table, which explains any of symbols on a map
Latitude Imaginary lines going east to west measuring how far north or south from the equator a location is
Longitude Imaginary lines going north to south measuring how far east or west from the prime meridian a location is
Physical Map Map which shows the natural regions and features
Political Map Map which shows countries, borders, and major cities
Prime Meridian Imaginary line of longitude which is considered to be at 0°
Relief Map Map which shows land forms and their respective heights
Scale Use to determine actual distance on a map from one point to another
Sea Level The surface of the ocean
Thematic Map Map which uses symbols to illustrate information such as natural resources


More Recommended Reads

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these titles about maps in multiple languages. These texts can be used to develop children’s knowledge of a topic. In addition, some of the books are offered in multiple languages, which can be used to help readers develop their bilingual language skills. One helpful tip in building bilingual youth is to read the text in the primary language and then to reread it in another language. For example, an English speaking seven-year-old can read the book in English and then reread it in Spanish. Some titles are even available in the read aloud format. Kids can push the icon and the text can be read aloud to them in another language. This is a great opportunity to enrich student’s educational skills by introducing them to another language and new educational content. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these delightful and engaging texts that teach children about maps, geography and places around the world at www.biguniverse.com

thumb-7 Map Parts

by Kate Torpie (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789741 AR:

Map Parts will bring a full comprehension of maps and encourage interest in maps.

thumb-9 Map Types

by Ann Becker (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789758 AR:

Map Types examines what maps are and how different maps are created and used. The book features beautiful color images, stunning historic and contemporary maps, and easy-to-follow instructions.

thumb-10 Explore North America

by Bobbie Kalman Molly Aloian (author) © 2012
ISBN: 9781427163875

The continent of North America is home to more than 500 million people, beautiful plants and animals, and many spectacular sights! Explore North America uses easy-to-read maps to help children identify the countries in North America; the continent’s mountains, islands, and other landforms; the Great Lakes and other bodies of water; the plant and animal life in its forest, grassland, and desert biomes.

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