A map is a picture of a place that is usually drawn to scale on a flat surface. It can guide our way when we're lost, record our discoveries, and might even lead us to treasure! Maps have been around for over a thousand years and continue to help us find things today. There are many different kinds of maps for many different uses. We will be exploring the parts of a map, map terms, and the many uses they have. Where would we be without them?... Wait! Let me get my map...
Lines of Latitude - Lines of latitude are imaginary lines drawn around the Earth from east to west. Each line runs parallel to the others and is measured in degrees. The most important line of latitude is the Equator. The Equator divies the Earth into two halves: the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere.
Lines of Longitude - Lines of longitude are imaginary lines which run in a north-south direction from the North Pole to the South Pole. The lines are also called meridians of longitude and they are also measured in degrees. The most important line of longitude is the Prime Meridian. This line runs through the Greenwich Observatory in London. All the other lines of longitude are given a number between 0 degrees and 180 degrees. The Earth is divided into two halves along the Greenwich Meridian: the Western Hemisphere and the Eastern Hemisphere.
Click on a link for more information on map skills
Copycat Continent Game
Map Man Game
Library of congress Map Collection
Marstons Mills MapQuest
Maps of World - making maps interactive
Where in the World? - 25 images to guess
Geography - Videos