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Edgewood Highland School Library: Atlas

Essential Questions

Think about these essential questions while you are working.  We will discuss them at the conclusion of your assignment.

  • What is an atlas?
  • What kind of information can an atlas give us?
  • Why is it important to be able to use an atlas effectively?
  • How are the print atlas and the same/different?
  • What are some of the benefits/drawbacks to using an online atlas?
  • What are some of the benefits/drawbacks to using a print atlas?
  • Which atlas was easier to use?  Why?


You will be working with a partner and using both a print and an online atlas to find out information about different places.


Part 1 - Use the Scholastic Atlas of the United States to find out information about different states.  Be sure to use the table of contents and index while looking for your answers.

Part 2 - Use the website, to find out information about different countries.  You must first decide which continent and/or region the country is that you are looking for and then search for the correct information.  Be sure to use the yellow tabs to help guide you in your exploration.



AASL 1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.

AASL 1.1.6 Read, view, and listen for information presented in any format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.


CC6-8WH/SS/S/TS9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.


ISTE 1a  Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes

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