Reading a Map

Reading a Map is an interactive website developed by the National Park Service of America.

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When you click on Let’s Go!, it shows a photograph of a park. In the following slides, an aerial photograph is shown, then a Topographic map. Students are prompted to interact with the map to identify three hills, feedback is provided and the Topographic map is linked with the photograph provided in the first slide to allow students to understand the link between map work and reality.

I do not want to provide more information, I believe Geography teachers and students will find this interactive tool valuable. Students can click on buttons to Watch Again, a feature that can enhance learning.

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Terminology covered include: direction, scale, legend, and choosing best routes to the top of a hill. It might be on elementary school level, but I believe secondary school learners can also benefit from it since map elements are described, illustrated and then they are involved through interactive exercises to provide a learning experience they can repeat before writing tests and examinations.

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