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Maps and Globes Writing Center

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Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 5

Blend your Geography and Writing instruction with Maps and Globe Writing prompts for third grade and up.

Teach Social Studies During Writing with Prompts for Third Grade and Up

Are you looking for easy ways to combine your geography and writing standards during your unit on Map and Globe Skills? We’ve got exactly what you need to kill two birds with one stone.

We’ve created a set of Map and Globe writing prompt cards to help you check for geographic understanding during your writing block. This resource provides quick formative assessments for the following geographical concepts

  • Map Elements
  • Map Features
  • Latitude and Longitudes
  • Prime Meridian and the Equator
  • Purpose of a Map Scale
  • Hemispheres
  • Types of Maps
  • U.S. Regions.

These cards are perfect for use as a writing center activity or as whole-group writing prompts for third grade and up.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Social Studies lessons.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by 

  • Completing the activity as a whole group or in a small group session.
  • Provide students with a Map Skills anchor chart or map reference sheet during the activity completion.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

  • Have students make an anchor chart or slide presentation about the different features found on a map.
  • Have students turn their learning into an infographic or research project.

Plan lessons for more U.S. Geography topics with our Geography collection! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the Download button to download the color or blackline PDF version of this resource.

We recommend printing one copy of the entire file, including an answer key, to use this resource. Then copy the exit ticket of your choice and cut them into fourths. Now your assessments are ready to go!


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

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