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Mapping Skills

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Foreword Mapping Skills for Middle Primary

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Locate places on a street map using grid references. Locate places on a map using a different type of grid reference. Identify important reference points on a map of the world. Locate the city or town in which the child lives on a map of the world. Locate and name the major cities and towns of Ireland Locate places on a world map which are in current world news. Locate and mark in the continents and major oceans of the world. Use a scale of 1 cm =1 m to find actual distances on a map. Create symbols for a map legend. Locate places in Ireland with regard to current news happenings. Locate and compare the size of continents. Use compass directions and scale to move around a map. Locate the Prime Meridian and the International Date Line on a world map. Locate cities around the world in an atlas and decide in which two hemispheres they are located. Make and use a pictorial legend. Use a scale of 1 cm = 10 km to calculate distances on a map. Make a legend and compare sizes of land areas. Use a scale to create features on a map of a specific size. Use compass bearings to give directions. Use compass directions to locate and examine the features on a map. Blank Map - Ireland Blank Map - Europe

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This series of reproducible masters has been designed to provide activities that develop the mapping skills which are part of all primary school social studies programmes. Activities have been selected to develop specific objectives which are listed below.

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Features of the World Use your atlas to locate and place these features on the world map. 1. The Equator

3. Ireland 4. United States of America

6. The Arctic Circle 7. Europe

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2. The Tropic of Capricorn

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Places Around the World Locate and colour in Ireland.

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Write these features on the map. 1. The Indian Ocean 2. The Atlantic Ocean 3. London 4. Paris 5. Johannesburg 6. Dublin 7. Australia 8. Germany 9. South America 10. Europe 11. India 12. Japan

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Place a dot on the world map to show where you live.

Mark in any towns or cities that you know that begin with the letter 'A' Prim-Ed Publishing

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Countries and Cities Mark in these features on the map of Ireland 1. Leinster

8. Cork 9. Derry 10. Galway

4. Connought 5. Dublin

11. Limerick 12. Waterford

6. Belfast 7. Wexford

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2. Ulster 3. Munster

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Stories and Places Use your newspaper to find news stories from around the world. Try to find a story for each continent.

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The continents are: 1. Africa 2. Australia 3. Europe 4. Antarctica 5. North America 6. South America 7. Asia

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Colour each continent and mark in the town or area your news article came from.

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Colour Your World GREEN PURPLE BROWN PINK YELLOW RED ORANGE

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1. Africa 2. South America 3. Asia 4. Antarctica 5. Europe 6. North America 7. Australia

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Locate and colour in these features.

Colour all the seas and oceans light blue and place in these names. 1. Atlantic Ocean 2. Pacific Ocean 3. Southern Ocean 4. Indian Ocean

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Classroom Map Below is a map of a classroom. Try to answer the questions. Blackboard

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Length __________ Length __________ Length __________ Length __________ Length __________ Length __________

Width __________ Width __________ Width __________ Width __________ Width __________ Width __________

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1. A shipwreck at (G,6). 3. A lookout at (D,8). 5. A hut at (E,6). Prim-Ed Publishing

2. A swamp at (C,3). 4. A cave at (H,7). 6. A pier at (G,5). 9


News Around Ireland

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Use your newspaper to find stories that happened in Ireland. Place a dot on the map to show where each story took place. Try to find stories from all provences. Next to each dot, write the name of the town or city and then draw a line to one of the boxes and describe what happened there.

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Continents

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Locate, name and colour the continents of the world. Then locate and name at least five major cities in each continent.

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Place the continents in order from largest to smallest.

Which continent contains the tallest mountain? Which continent is also an island? Which continent do you live in? Which continent has the smallest population? Prim-Ed Publishing

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Use the compass directions and scale to find the pirate treasure.

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SCALE: 1 cm = 50 m

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From the star, walk 250 m west, and put a circle. From the circle, walk north 100 m and mark that spot with a square. From the square, walk 150 m east and draw a cave. From the cave walk, 300 m north and draw a tombstone. Walk 100 m west from the tombstone and draw a small marsh. From the marsh, walk 200 m south and draw a large rock. Leave the rock and walk west for 300 m. Draw an old hut. From the hut, walk 150 m north and draw the treasure chest. You have found it. The treasure is yours. Colour in the island to make it look like a pirate's island.

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The EQUATOR divides the world into two hemispheres, the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere.The PRIME MERIDIAN (running through Greenwich near London, England) divides the world into another two hemispheres, the western and eastern hemispheres. Find both of these imaginary lines in an atlas and place them on the world map below.

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Important Lines

The meridian lines are called lines of longitude. They go both east and west of Greenwich until they reach 180 degrees. This is where they meet and is called the INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE. Find this line and place it on your map. What does The International Date Line do and why is it not a straight line?

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Hemispheres From the previous activity you are aware of the four hemispheres which divide the world. 1. The Northern Hemisphere. 2. The Southern Hemisphere. 3. The Western Hemisphere. 4. The Eastern Hemisphere.

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Use an atlas to work out which TWO hemispheres these cities can be found in.

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Cape Town New York San Francisco Dublin

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Artasia In the state of Artasia there are:

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* Seven large cities. * Three dams. * Eight railway lines. * Seven lakes. * Ten major roads. * Four coal mines. * A nuclear power plant. * Four coal-fired power stations. * A large chemical plant. * One large airport and two smaller airports.

On the outline map of Artasia below, place in the above features. Make a pictorial legend to represent these features.

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Cave Island

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Use the scale below to answer questions about the map.

SCALE 1 cm = 5 km

0 15 30km 1. How far is it from the lighthouse to the hut? 2. What is the distance between the hut and the log? 3. How far is the swamp away from the cave? 4. What is the distance between the log and the marsh? 5. How far is it between the hut and the palm trees via the cave ? 6. What is the distance between the rocks and the lighthouse via the swamp?

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Squareland is a square country, made of exactly 100 squares. Different parts of Squareland are used for various things. Use the information below and place the Squareland features on the map where YOU think they belong. Also complete the legend to show your colouring or shading.

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Using a Scale On the map below, place in these features, using a scale of 1 cm = 10 km. You may place the features in any suitable spot. 2. A city 5 km x 10 km. 4. A forest 70 km x 30 km. 6. Factories 5 km x 5 km.

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1. A lake 10 km x 10 km. 3. Mountains 15 km x 5 km. 5. Farm land 30 km x 50 km.

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Compass Walk Use compass directions and paces to describe a walk from your classroom to the office.

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For example, walk 20 paces east, turn south and walk 30 paces. You should now be standing in front of the library etc.

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Compass Directions Use compass directions and the map to answer the questions below.

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1. Which town is north-west of Fredtown? 2. Alicetown is almost due of Fredtown. 3. In which direction do you travel to get from Alantown to Suetown? 4. Sarahtown is due of Alantown. 5. You must travel 6. Sarahtown is

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