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Map & Compass Skills

Social Studies, Grade 3

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Study Guide Map & Compass Skills Social Studies, Grade 3

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TYPES OF MAPS AND COMPASS SKILLS What are Maps? Maps are pictures that show places from above, as is they were drawn by someone in an airplane. Maps have titles to tell what the map shows. Globe - a model of the Earth, a very small copy of Earth in its actual round shape, which is called a sphere Flat map - a drawing of a place on a flat piece of paper. Also called a Mercator Projection. Physical Map - shows landforms and bodies of water Political Map - shows borders of states and countries. It shows where cities are located. Capital cities are usually marked with a star. History map - shows an area as it was in the past. A map of the Thirteen Colonies is a history map. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Grid maps - have a pattern of lines that form squares with numbers and letters. Numbers may go across the bottom. Letters may go up the sides. By finding a square associated with a letter and a number you can easily locate places. Locator map - a small inset that shows how a place fits into a bigger place What is a Compass? A compass is a tool for determining direction by using a magnetic needle which points to the North Pole. Compass rose - a drawing of a compass on a map showing cardinal directions. This symbol helps a reader orient the map to the physical location. Cardinal directions - North, South, East, West Intermediate directions - places between the cardinal directions, northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest Other Map Vocabulary Words: Atlas - a book of many maps Border - a boundary line that divides one state or country from another Symbol - a shape, line or color that stands for something on a map Map key - a box in which all the symbols are explained. Sometimes called a map legend Scale - a tiny ruler that compares the actual distance to the distance on a map © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
Try this! Look at a map of the United States. Find your state. What are the states that border your state? Do you have an ocean or another country as a border? Can you find the Map Key? Can you find the scale? Find the compass rose. © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.
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