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Elements of a Map Match-up Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 13 pages | Grades: 2 - 3

Answer the question "What are the key elements of a map?" with a map element matching activity.

Map Elements Matching Game – Elementary Geography Lesson

Enhance your geography lessons in elementary grades with a map elements matching game. This game is designed to be played as a Concentration or Go Fish! Game. Students will match terms, images, and descriptions of different elements commonly found on maps.

What Are the Different Elements on a Map?

The elements of a map included in this resource are as follows:

  • Map title
  • Compass rose
  • Legend
  • Map key
  • Scale
  • Latitude and longitude 

This activity will guide students to discover

  • What do you call the part of a map that tells direction?
  • What are the parts of a map?
  • What part of the map shows distance?
  • Which map part tells the user what the map symbols stand for?
  • What does a compass rose look like?
  • What are the lines on a map called?

For students who need extra support, use this matching game as an intervention activity or with a guided small group. 

A Variety of Ways to Prepare This Resource

Print the cards double-sided. This allows for each card to have both a front and back. Cut apart the cards and place them in an envelope for easy storage.

Additionally, project the cards onto a screen using a document camera and have your students write their answers on a whiteboard.

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the color or blackline version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

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This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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