Social Studies Lesson - Keys, Symbols, and Directions, Grade 3

  • Activity 1 / Map Keys Worksheet

    We live in an age where children type directions into an electronic device, but that means that they don't get much real-world experience with reading maps and using map keys. This gorgeous PDF worksheet lets students see a map of the continent of Africa, and allows them to associate map symbols in a key with the destinations on the map. They'll use the key to help them answer the directional questions and feel like they're on an actual safari!

  • Activity 2 / Map Symbols Worksheet

    Even in the day of GPS, being able to read a map is a skill that goes beyond finding location. Using symbols to help locate places of interest and destinations also helps strengthen reading, visual discrimination and critical problem-solving skills. This fun and free worksheet will give children concrete imagery to help strengthen their ability to use map symbols when reading maps and locating specific places.

  • Activity 3 / Intercardinal Directions Worksheet

    Using cardinal (North, South, East and West) and Intercardinal Directions (Northeast/Northwest, Southeast/Southwest) are important social studies and geography concepts for young students to learn. This colorful PDF offers them pictures of compasses that they'll use to decide which direction the needle is pointing. It's a real-world skill that they don't often get to practice in a digital age, but an important one for common curriculum as well as independent living skills.

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