Saturday, October 6, 2012

Thematic Maps

We teach Map Skills to our Second Graders.  Personally, map skills to 7 and 8 year olds is completely BORING!!  I mean really, map skills for any age is not tons of fun.  To help make the concept a little more fun and create a way to apply their knowledge, we assign a Thematic Map Project each year.  This project is one of our favorite times of year because our kids' creativity really comes out.  Each year, the themes are different and exciting and we LOVE them!  It is a project that is sent home to complete and then returned to school to be presented and displayed.  We typically give about 2 weeks for them to work on them before we ask that they are returned to school.  Students choose a theme that interests them (cheer-leading, soccer, dance, etc...) and create a map.  The outline of the map is in a shape that matches the chosen theme and the landmarks, streets, and map key items are all named to match as well.  The students are graded on a rubric for the following items:

Map Title
Map Key
Compass Rose
Labeled Landmarks and Streets
Neatness and Creativity

Here are a few of this year's maps:

If you are interested in trying out this fun project in your classroom as well, click here to download the letter that we send home to parents.

Happy Map Making!



  1. These are great! I love the creativity. It really helps the kids take ownership over this tricky, sometimes boring, concept! I think that I can easily adapt it to work for 5th grade, too. Thanks for sharing! Lattes and Laughter

    1. You are welcome. I definitely think that these could work for 5th grade! Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Hi! I found your blog through the "Currently" links. You're right after me! I love the thematic map idea, and may try it with my 2nd graders!