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Maps & Cartography: Teaching with Maps (K-12)

Last Updated: Aug 5, 2021 12:06 PM


This page gathers selected map, geographical data and teaching resources as a starting point for incorporating maps into teaching. Please refer to our many other UB Libraries guides for additional map resources. 

Teaching Resources

New and Highlighted Resources (Updated December 2020)

The Michigan Geographic Alliance (MGA) has created geography lessons for use by middle school and high school teachers. 

  • World Geography Lesson Plans (Central Michigan University). These lesson plans cover a variety of topics, including elevation, deforestation, sister cities, and satellite images. They are designed for grades 6-8 or 9-12. 
  • U.S. Geography History Lesson Plans (Central Michigan University). These lesson plans cover regions in the United States, American Presidents and trails. They are designed for students in grades 6-8 or 9-12. 

National History Day: Maps Edition. A Guide for Finding, Analyzing, and Using Maps in Projects (Stanford Libraries). This website helps students learn about historical maps and guides them in their use as primary sources in their school projects.

World Geography Games. These internet quizzes will help kids, students and adults test their geographic knowledge. The site includes games focusing on countries, capitals and flags for the world or specific regions/continents.

Geography Resources