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Maps and Geography Classroom Activities and Lesson Plans

Compiled by Christy Pratt. State Maps
A collection of 250 reference maps for the 50 states. There is a relief, elevation, drainage, county and city/roads map for every state. World maps
A collection of political maps and Landsat images for over 160 world countries. These maps and satellite images can be an important reference for geography and earth science. Satellite Images
Satellite images are great resources to use for teaching. Lesson plans, projects, and classroom activities can easily be made using satellite images. Beginners Guide to Landsat
Landsat images are great resources for teaching. Students enjoy identifying features and can easily learn to interpret the color patterns. Meteor Crater Map
With this interactive meteor impact map, students can explore fifty of the most obvious impact craters. This is a great resource to incorporate into a lesson plan. Highest Points in the United States Map
Students will be able to explore the highest elevation point in each of the fifty states using maps or satellite images. This highest point map can be incorporated into a lesson plan, classroom project, or classroom activity. Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year.

PA DCNR Provinces and Rock Types
This lesson plan requires students to look at maps, color maps, and interpret maps according to the teacher's directions.This project uses Pennsylvania maps, but any state would work. With minor modifications, this classroom activity can be beneficial for all students.

National Geographic Map Projections
This lesson plan requires the student to interpret map projections to find the most appropriate for various uses. This classroom activity is appropriate for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students with minor modifications.

National Geographic Regional Layers: Low-Tech GIS
This lesson plan has students explore the physical characterisitcs of a hypothetical region using a low-tech version of a GIS map-overlay analysis. This classroom activity shows how multiple criteria define a region and how these regions are to analyze geographic issues.

OFCN Electronic Mapping
This Lesson plan helps students locate places on a map, undestand map scale, create electricity, interact as a group with classroom activities. This demonstration is helpful to educate elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students. Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year.

Waterproof Free Graph Paper and Free Maps
Your students can get free printable graph paper, printable maps, printable calendars and more at Waterproof, a website affiliated with

National Science Teachers Association
An organization providing resources, professional development, education conferences, and much more!.

Associations for Science Teachers
NSTA's list of science teaching societies in U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Find professional development near you.

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