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Places on a Map Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 9 pages

Teach your kindergarten and first-grade students to read community maps with a set of task cards.

Task Cards to Teach Places on a Map for Kids! 

Map skills are essential to success in geography and social studies, but that doesn’t mean they’ll come naturally. Map skills can be challenging for young students, who often need plenty of practice.

Do You Really Need Map Worksheets for Kindergarten? 

Research shows that primary grade students are more likely to retain these skills if the content is presented engagingly. That’s why we’ve created our Places on a Map Task Cards. You can easily replace a map worksheet with a set of task cards, allowing your little ones to talk, share, and move around while learning. This set of 16 community map skill task cards provides students with opportunities to practice their skills with

  • Reading maps of a community
  • Using a map key to identify objects and places on a map
  • Identifying symbols and markings on a map.

This resource is perfect for an independent practice activity or formative assessment after initial instruction.

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 by drawing the different features found on a map.
  • Have students draw a map of their school, home, or neighborhood and label it using map symbols.

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 PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.

We recommend printing one copy of the entire file, including an answer key, to use this resource. Cut apart the cards and provide each student with a recording sheet and writing utensil. Students will move around the room or remain in a learning station to complete the practice activity.


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

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