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Creating a Community Base Map from Scratch


The objective is to create enthusiasm reference materials and also to provide students independent practice in reading “real world” print for students in the lower elementary grades using interactive math exercises.  Students will begin a project with their own personal map of their community. Because students have not previously built any map, they will build a model of the places they know well. They can use wooden blocks or cardboard cutout houses and moss to serve as trees and string or wool to represent roads and rivers, etc.


Set 1: (for the lowest reader)

What is a map?

What is an atlas?

What symbols and labels are shown on a map?

Set 2: (for the average reader)

What are different types of maps?

What words are used to describe direction?

What direction is shown on the top and bottom of a map?

Set 3: (for the best readers)

What does latitude mean?

What does longitude mean?

What is a map scale?


1.       The folder code is written on the answer sheet.

2.       Select the questions and answer them. When you are finished, lift the card and compare your answers with the ones on the back of the card.


Each folder has a folder code to facilitate record keeping and identify the objective of the folder. Thus, folder code F.D. #1, indicates Following Directions, folder Number 1.  A master list is used to record the code and contents of each folder. The Master List looks like this:

Functional Folder Master List

Folder Code


Folder Contents

F. D. #1

F. D. #2

F. D. #3


Reference Material - Atlas

The students will be provided with an answer sheet. It consolidates all the students’ activities with folders on one sheet. The following illustrates the format and content of a typical folder and a sample answer sheet.


Personal Information Form



Set 1






Set 2






Set 3






Functional Folder Answer Sheet







Folder Code

Set #




F.D. #1


A map shows where things are.


An atlas contains a lot of maps together in a book.


Maps show roads, rivers, mountains, states, cities, etc.

1.       A road map

2.       A political map

3.       A shaded relief map

4.       A topographic map

5.       A map showing the weather

North, south, east, and west are used to describe direction.

North is on the top and south is on the bottom.

1.       Scale means relationship between the distances on the map.

2.       Latitude lines run east-west.

3.       Longitude lines run north-south.