I Am a Pirate Cartographer. How about You?

Lesson Plan Content
Having the ability to use maps and other geographic models to find ones way around our world is an essential part of planning family vacations, taking successful business trips, understanding current events, and possessing knowledge of other cultures and regions. Fostering this ability depends on practice in how maps and geographic models are made. In this lesson, students will apply the essential parts of a map (key, scale, grid, and legend) to create a map to guide other students to a location.
I Angus MacFarlane
Grade Range: 
2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Materials to Assist Teachers and English Language Learners: 
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
2: How to use mental maps (a person's internalized picture of a part of Earth's surface) to organize information about people places, and environments
3: How to analyze the spatial organization of people places, and environments on Earth's surface