Lessons in this chapter:

2.1  Introduction to Earth’s Surface

2.2  Modeling Earth’s Surface

2.3  Topographical Maps

2.4  Using Satellites and Computers


This chapter covers reading maps and topography maps.

The suggested activity for this chapter is to create a map of your child’s room.


Plethora Lesson Notes

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Other Worksheets and Handouts

3D Geography has several worksheets to practice map skills.

Hands-On Activities

Have your child draw a map of their bedroom. Here are two lesson plans to choose from. You can decide if you want the map to be to scale.

directions Cartography and Your Bedroom

directions Make a Scale Map of Your Bedroom

If you want to do a second activity during this chapter, have your child create a topographical map. Here are some lesson plans:

Potato Mountain (download Appendix A if you just want to do the activity)

Playdoh Mountain

Literature Connection

If your child is very interested in maps and would like to learn more, this is a great book about the man who figured out how to measure longitude.


There is a TV adaptation of the book Longitude mentioned above. Your local library may have a copy.

PBS’s NOVA also did an episode on the same subject. You may be able to find it at your library or on YouTube.

Extension Ideas

For a great family activity, try Geocaching.

Also, your child could complete the DIY Cartographer badge.