Have your students demonstrate their understanding of many different math concepts while designing a map of their own town! This hands-on math activity is a project that will definitely engage your students.
Objective: To demonstrate an understanding of geometric terms and measurements. Students will be designing and drawing a map that will incorporate many mathematical concepts.
The following concepts will be covered through this project-based learning activity:
- Partitioning shapes into equal areas of 4 and 8
- Regular polygons – pentagon, hexagon, octagon
- Irregular polygon
- The three triangles – equilateral triangle, scalene triangle, and isosceles
- Quadrilaterals – trapezoid, rhombus, parallelogram, rectangle, and square
- Congruent figures
- Lines of symmetry
- Line segments, rays, lines
- Parallel lines, perpendicular lines, and intersecting lines
- Obtuse, acute, and right angle (no degrees)
- Measuring length (some with fractions others without)
- Map skills (compass, scale, legend, title, etc)
- Coordinate graphing (optional to create an index)
- Perimeter (optional)
The following materials are included:
- Teacher’s instructions and guide
- Student step-by-step directions – both in metric and standard units
- Student Checklist
- Student idea sheet
- Practice/math sheets
- Map materials
- Editable versions (Powerpoint & Google Slides) so that you can choose what your students need to focus on!)
It is recommended (though not required) that students have access to a math reference book and if possible, geometric stencils or templates. Information is included in the teacher’s guide regarding this.
You can also find this resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. Click here.