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Map Skills. What is a map?. A map is a representation, usually on a flat surface, of the features of an area. . Now what does that mean?. A map is a representation, A map is a drawing usually on a flat surface, of a round Earth on a flat surface, of the features of an area

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what is a map
What is a map?

A map is a representation, usually on a flat surface, of the features of an area.

Now what does that mean?

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A map is a representation,

A map is a drawing

usually on a flat surface,

of a round Earth on a flat surface,

of the features of an area

showing landforms (mountains, rivers, etc.)

types of maps
Types of Maps

There are three basic types of maps:

PHYSICAL =

POLITICAL =

THEMATIC =

physical maps
Physical Maps
  • Physical maps show the natural features of the Earth.
  • Physical maps do not contain man made features.
  • For example, a physical map would be a map of what you would see if you were looking down on Earth from space.
political maps
Political Maps

Unlike physical maps, political maps show how humans have impacted the landscape. For example, city names, roads, country borders, etc. are all part of political maps.

Political maps change frequently (physical maps change very, very slowly through geologic processes) and must be redrawn often. A political map of the world that is 10 years old is no longer accurate.

Wars and ethnic conflict are two major causes political maps change.

thematic maps
Thematic Maps
  • Thematic maps can represent a variety of information including things like climate, precipitation, vegetation, elevation, population, life expectancy, etc.
  • Thematic maps are generally used when you are looking at a single piece of information.
creating a thematic map
Creating a Thematic Map
  • You are now going to create a thematic map.
  • You will now choose the information you will represent on your thematic map. You may choose to take a poll of favorite subjects, types of music, sports, birth months, etc. Choose something you are interested in learning about.

BE CREATIVE!

now choose what you want to know
Now choose what you want to know…
  • I would like to know which pizza toppings students prefer to eat from the following list:

Pepperoni, Hamburger, Cheese, or Sausage.

  • I will now ask the students to choose from this list of toppings and record the results.
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Now you must choose a way to represent the information you have gathered. I have chosen to use different colors so that we may see the distribution of topping preferences.

map components
Map Components

Title

Compass

Key or Legend

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Write your question!

What are you going to graph? Think of a subject, write a question with 4-6 options.

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To help us review basic geographic terms that are used to create grids, we will play a game called GEOrobics.