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Comparing and Contrasting Maps

Overview

Students will compare and contrast maps across time to construct knowledge about the geographic concepts of movement, human-environment interaction, and place. This activity uses maps of Albany, New York; however, maps of other locations could be used.

Objectives

After completing this learning activity, students will be able to:

  • Identify similarities and differences between two historic maps.
  • Articulate their thoughts about the concepts of movement, human interaction, and place.

Time Required

1-2 50 minute class periods

Recommended Grade Range

3-5

Topic/s

Geography
Maps

Subject

Social Studies
Geography

Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.9
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic

C3. Geography Standards

Human-Environment Interaction: Place, Regions, and Culture

  • D2.Geo.5.3-5.
    Explain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time.
  • D2.Geo.6.3-5.
    Describe how environmental and cultural characteristics influence population distribution in specific places or regions.

Human Population: Spatial Patterns and Movements

  • D2 .G e o.7. 3 - 5.
    Explain how cultural and environmental characteristics affect the distribution and movement of people, goods, and ideas.
  • D2.Geo.8.3-5.
    Explain how human settlements and movements relate to the locations and use of various natural resources.

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Credits

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library

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