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This resource has a ton of great worksheet games or activities that will increase my students map skills. I would use these as independent practice or a group activity after teaching them the different parts of a map.

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QR Codes and Google Maps in Teaching Map Skills

Create your own scavenger hunt for your classroom with QR Codes and Google Maps. You're students will love learning map skills with this activity.

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…from a purely theoretical standpoint alone, it hardly seems plausible that a strategy of inquiry that must necessarily be broad enough to be applicable to a wide range of disciplines and problems can ever have, at the same time, sufficient particular relevance to be helpful in the solution of the specific problem at hand. David Ausubel It’s

Barefoot Island is a project to help reinforce mapping skills. Students create their own legend using 10-15 symbols that are typically found on maps (i.e. Grocery Store, Gas Station, School). They then add those symbols to their map of Barefoot Island. Students become city planners as they place their symbols in appropriate zones.

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