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Chester W. Barrows School Library: Map Activities

Basic Properties of an Atlas

You will be using Time for Kids World Atlas to answer the following questions about a country that you investigate.

Here is the worksheet that you will be using for practice:

Map and Atlas Vocabulary

The following vocabulary is essential for understanding how to use an atlas:


  • Map (physical) features: mountains, desert, forest, etc

  • Capital (how is this represented?)

  • Map key (symbols for map features)

  • Compass Rose (cardinal/intermediate directions)

  • Scale (miles)

  • Latitude

  • Longitude

  • Borders

  • Coordinates



Sample Maps With Specialized Purposes


Maps courtesy of World Book Student Online, accessed 9/30/2017

Map Activities

With your partner you will click on the first two links below and complete the activities.

When you are done with the first two, you may choose whichever activity you like at the third link.