Map Maker's Glossary


Welcome 5th grader cartographers! You and your team have just returned from an exciting expedition where you discovered a new land. It's your task to name and map this uncharted territory.


You will explore maps, discover and define map types and terms. Working in teams of three, you will create a webpage introducing your new land. The web page feature a political, physical and thematic map and a description of what the maps represent.


1. Learn about Maps
These sites will help you learn the basics. Draw Your Own Map of the US, Lines On a Map , Map Maker's Glossary

There are many kinds of maps, we are going to focus on three.

Political Map

Physcial Map

Thematic Map

2. Design Your New Land & Create Your Map

Design Directions

3. Create Your Web Page

Web Page Directions

Mapping Activities

Map Skills Quiz

Maps Rags to Riches Game

Find a Map Here

Find a Map for Any Address

Kathleen Martell, Instructional Technology Specialist
Needham Public Schools, Needham, MA
December 2005