At the end of this unit, students
will understand that…
Geography influences needs,
How does geography influence lifestyle
and point of view?
What story do maps and globes tell?
What makes places unique and different?
How do maps and globes reflect history,
politics, and economics?
Continents & Oceans
Continents and Oceans
Directions: Independently (that means on
your own), use the map pictured on the
Continents and Oceans page of your packet to
answer the four questions.
Then, be ready to discuss (that means we talk
together in a group) your journal topics:
1. “What story do maps and globes tell us?”
2. “What makes places unique and different”
Elements of a Map!
The four directions found on a compass rose.
Cardinal Points sheet from
your Map Packet.
The points that come between the four primary
directions (cardinal points).
• On your own, complete
Points sheet from your
• Homework: Create your
own compass rose with
both Cardinal and
Map Key/ Legend
Explains what each symbol on the map represents.
I’ve got the Key and
Where Where sheets from
the Map Packet.
Keep Calm.. I’ve got a map!
Scenario: (Small Groups)
You are a new 6th grade student at Chester Middle School. The
Main Office has just given you a map of the school to use to find
your way around. Using this map, write out the directions to
your group’s assigned location starting at our social studies
classroom: room 106.
-Auditorium (1) -Mrs. Houston’s Office (5) -Art Room (9)
-Cafeteria (2) -Guidance Office (6) -Band Room(10)
-Library (3) -Computer Labs (7) -Chorus Room(11)
-Main Office (4) -Keyboarding Rooms (8)
Latitude & Longitude
1st: Complete Latitude and
Longitude Lines sheet from
the Map Packet by yourself.
2nd: Compare answers with
3rd: Discuss why your
answers may be different.
4th: Go over answers with
And on and on…
Types of Maps
Type of map
Type of map
such as past
Type of map that
shows how people,
resources, data, and
other objects or
continent, or the
world. They also
can show migration
Small Group Assignment
Directions: In your assigned groups, work cooperatively to
complete sheets: Reading Maps, Using a Physical Map, Using a
Historical Map, Using a Distribution Map, and other Uses for
Maps- from your Map Packet.
Journal: In your journal respond to the following prompt:
“How do maps and globes reflect history, politics, and
Timeline Terms to Know
Chronological order- arranging events in their order as
they occur. (Events from first to last.)
Example: 2002- your birth
2007- you went to kindergarten
2013- you went to middle school
A.D.- abbreviation for the Latin words: “anno Domini”
Meaning: “The year of our Lord”
(years counted forward from the year of Christ’s birth)
C.E.- abbreviation for “Common Era”
(same periods of time as A.D.)
B.C.E.- abbreviation for “Before the Common Era”
(same periods of time as B.C.)
B.C.- abbreviation for “Before Christ”
(years counted backward from the year Christ was born)
“Selfie” Timeline Activity
Using the provided blank timeline in your Map Packet, create a
“selfie” timeline based on events in your own life.
-make sure your events are in chronological order
-make sure you use true facts about your “events”
-only use School Appropriate examples in your timeline
Remember, timelines can have pictures, symbols, and words to
represent each event. Be creative!