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Maps & Gazetteers Michael Lavieri LBS 710 December 13, 2010.

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1 Maps & Gazetteers Michael Lavieri LBS 710 December 13, 2010

2 Lesson Overview  The lesson is intended for fourth grade students.  The lesson should take two class periods – the first one to introduce maps and gazetteers, and the second to complete the worksheets.

3 Resources For this lesson, I would need 14 road maps of Massachusetts and 14 gazetteers (assuming a class of 28). Depending on the resources available, I would photocopy gazetteer pages and use the gazetteers found in atlases. I would also need 14 rulers.

4 Resources I would use this map from Smart Traveler -- traveler.info/sitebuildercontent/sitebuild erpictures/map_of_massachusetts.gifhttp://www.smart- traveler.info/sitebuildercontent/sitebuild erpictures/map_of_massachusetts.gif For the gazetteers, I would photocopy the “Quick Reference” section from the back of the Macmillan Centennial Atlas of the World.

5 Setup To prepare for this lesson, I would need access to a computer, projector, and screen/Smart Board. I would also need to photocopy the gazetteer pages and maps to ensure that all students had the same resources.

6 Setup, cont’d. I would hand out maps and gazetteers in an alternating fashion, so students can partner up with the person next to them. I would prepare four sets of worksheets: Maps A & B/Gazeteers A & B, so each student is doing something different.

7 Objectives Students will be able to… Identify the defining features of a map. Locate specific places on a given map. Identify specific information found in a gazetteer.

8 Maps & Gazetteers What is a map? What do we use maps for? How do we read maps?

9 What is a map? A map shows us what the world and smaller parts of the world look like. What is this a map of? Image credit:

10 What do we use maps for? To find which roads to use to drive somewhere. To find out which countries border each other. To find out what the land in a place is like. To find out what the weather in a place is like.

11 How do we read maps? Maps use something called a key to tell us how to read them. Image credit:

12 How do we read maps? Different types of maps use different keys. What kind of map do you think this key belongs to? Why?

13 How do we read maps? Another thing we use to read maps is called the scale. Since a maps have to be WAY smaller than the world, the scale shows us how many miles each inch is equal to.

14 How do we read maps? For those of you who have maps, use your ruler to find out how many miles each inch equals on your map. What did you find?

15 How do we read maps? Look at your map scale. If an inch equals ten miles, how many miles does two and a half inches equal?

16 How do we read maps? To find the distance between two places on a map, measure how many inches are between the two places. If there are three inches between Town A and Town B, how many miles would you have to drive to get there?

17 How do we read maps? Don’t forget, this is only an estimate of the distance it would take to drive somewhere. Why might that be?

18 Gazetteers Another type of book you might use is called a gazetteer. What is a gazetteer? Why would you use gazetteer? How do you use a gazetteer?

19 What is a gazetteer? A gazetteer is a kind of dictionary for countries, states, and cities. Just like you use a regular dictionary to find information about words, you use a gazetteer to find information about places.

20 Why would you use a gazetteer? You can use a gazetteer to find all kinds of information: Population Capital Area (how big is the country?) Life expectancy (how old do people live in the country?) Currency (what kind of money do they use there?)

21 How do you use a gazetteer? It’s easy! You just look up your country alphabetically, and look across the top of the table for the type of information you want. For example, those of you with gazetteers – use them now to find out the population of the United States. What did you find?

22 What’s next? You’ll each be getting a worksheet to complete, using either your map or gazetteer. Take ten minutes to answer all of the questions.

23 How did it go? Were you able to find all the information you needed? What problems/difficulties did you have?

24 Now what? Now you’re going to be the teacher. You have to teach your partner how to use your resource – either the map or the gazetteer!

25 Now what? Help your partner complete his or her worksheet using what you learned earlier today!


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