Using Maps Introduction
A map may show a small area, like a neighborhood, or a large area, like a continent. A map can also record many types of information about people, places, and things.
- Physical maps show natural features such as mountains, rivers, oceans, and islands.
- Cultural maps include people-made features such as political boundaries, highways, towns, dams, and oil wells. Map makers, or cartographers, will often use symbols to stand for different features on a map.
- To explain the importance of map use to watershed projects
- To locate maps related to a project
- To read maps to locate places and features
- To measure distances using a map
- Print version of "Part 5: Toolkit": PDF • Word
- Internet-accessible computer(s)
- Current atlas of Virginia
- Map or atlas of locality or other relevant areas
Because of the importance of geology and geography to watershed mapping, the teacher may wish to read About the Watershed: Instructional Framework, especially parts II. Geology of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and IV. Elements of a Watershed.