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A Comprehensive Map Skills Program

Each grade level includes full-color, highly visual Student Books, consumable Student Response Books and a detailed Teacher’s Guide. Map Essentials may be used as a stand-alone curriculum or as a link to other curriculum areas. The Big Book of Maps for Grades 1–3 and Map Transparencies for Grades 3–8 provide additional instructional support.

Each Student Book includes...

  • Meaningful activities presented through superb maps, photographs, charts and graphs
  • Opportunities for students to learn and practice map skills
  • Enrichment activities connecting map skills to other areas of the curriculum and to real-life exploration
  • A glossary and an atlas
Map Essentials Grade 1

Students gain the tools they need to successfully explore their world through highly visual, engaging activities set in the classroom, home and local neighborhood.
Content includes...

  • Cardinal point directions
  • Addresses
  • Map titles and key
  • Comparing maps, globes and satellite images
  • Continents and oceans
  • Landforms and bodies of water
Map Essentials Grade 2

Students investigate special places in our country and the ways that maps are used to solve problems.
Content includes...

  • State and national borders
  • Continents and oceans
  • Comparing maps, globes and satellite images
  • Landforms and bodies of water
  • Compass rose
  • Map grid
Map Essentials Grade 3

Building on the essential skills taught in Grades 1 and 2, students will analyze the location and use of natural resources, explore trails west and the growth of communities and investigate capital cities.
Content includes...

  • Intermediate directions
  • Hemispheres
  • Comparing maps, globes and satellite images
  • Landforms and bodies of water
  • Map grid and scale
  • Map facts taken from National Geographic magazine
Map Essentials Grade 4

Grade-appropriate content and map skills are taught in a variety of ways, focusing on regional geography of the United States. Includes opportunities to compare and contrast different elements and features, both human and physical.
Content includes...

  • Latitude and longitude
  • Physical and political maps
  • Comparing maps, globes and satellite images
  • Time zones
  • Historical maps
  • Map scale and map facts taken from National Geographic magazine.
Map Essentials Grade 5

In Grade 5, students use their base of geographic knowledge to track a hurricane, analyze land-use patterns and look at American history from a geographic and mapping perspective.
Content includes...

  • Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
  • Arctic and Antarctic Circles
  • Product/resource maps
  • Transportation, migration and trade maps
  • Map facts taken from National Geographic magazine
Map Essentials Grades 6-8

Middle-grade students will expand their geographic knowledge of the world by comparing climate and land-use maps, analyzing the Silk Road and other trade routes of early civilizations and studying the connection between winds, currents and early exploration. Map facts taken from National Geographic magazine add interesting connections to real-life adventures.
Content includes...

  • Map projections and distortions
  • Distribution maps
  • Cartograms
  • Ocean-current and wind-pattern maps
  • Contour maps
  • Ocean-floor maps