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Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms


Found In: social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

An anonymous manuscript map of the course of the Mississippi River in the vicinity of New Orleans in the early eighteenth century.

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms is a collection of historically significant maps and lesson plans.

Instructions for Teachers tell how to display, print, and export text and images. Maps and lessons are correlated to National Social Studies Standards and National Geography Standards for grades K-12.

Map and Lesson Index is organized by theme. Each of six themes has three maps with four lessons each for students in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12, curator’s notes, and additional resources, including grade level resources and supplemental images.

Under the theme Exploration and Encounter, Map 3 - Captain Cook and Hawaii, 1778 features a chart drawn by William Bligh from Cook’s last voyage to Hawaii. The four associated lessons explore aspects of the meetings of different cultures. The grade 3-5 lesson plan, Of Compasses, Sextants and Chronometers, has students explore eighteenth-century navigation, particularly the determination of latitude and longitude.

Under the theme Environmental History, Map 9 - Tourism, Water, Power, and Conservation in Yosemite National Park, ca. 1935 shows the major features of Yosemite National Park. The grade 9-12 lesson plan, Designing the Wilderness - The Hetch-Hetchy Reservoir, students study the controversy over building the Hetch Hetchy dam and argue points of view concerning the use of public lands.

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