Lesson Plan

Plan That Trip

Students will use their artistic and directional skills as they practice drawing maps and giving directions. By the time it’s done, everyone will know which way is the right way to go!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to draw a map that includes a map legend, as well as be able to provide directions to a destination using this map.


(5 minutes)
  • Call students together. Make sure to have many maps posted around.
  • Ask students to think about times in their lives when they have needed to use maps. Students will likely mention times their parents were driving or showing them where something was located.
  • Explain to students that maps have a variety of uses, but they are most commonly used to help people figure out where things are and how to get places.
  • Ask students if they have ever drawn a map before. If so what did they do? and did they include symbols, a legend, or a compass rose? Point out examples of these on some of the maps, so that students can see what is meant by each of these terms.