Mental Mapping Activity

Mental mapping is by far one of the most important geographic skills you need to acquire. This skill will allow you to find their way in the world as well as respond with understanding to political, cultural, and environmental events. For example, how concerned should you be about the accident on 95 S this afternoon? Depends on where your house is located, right?  On a more global level, how concerned should you be about a coup in Mexico? As a US citizen, you should realize Mexico’s proximity to the US makes their instability a problem for us.
You are going to create two mental maps to help illustrate the concept of relative location. Mental maps are created from memory and not from copying an atlas.
  • Large scale map – draw a map of a location you are familiar with using as much detail of the surroundings as possible. Include important landmarks, roads, parks, bodies of water with labels. (To be done for homework – due Friday, March 13)
  • Small scale map – draw a map of the world using major lines of latitude and longitude. Include major landmasses, bodies of water, and landforms.  You should also include country names & major cities you are familiar with.  (To be done in class on Wednesday, March 11)
Refer to your notes-geography skills handbook pg 8. Title your maps.  The titles should refect what the map is of and not just “small or large scale map.”  Include a compass rose. Use labels & color where appropriate. Use a key or legend to explain symbols and color.
Helpful tip: Sketch your map on a scrap sheet of paper before drawing the final version on the blank sheet of computer paper.