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A Map of Our School - Mapmaking Project

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: K - 2

Develop primary grade map skills with a map-making project for first and second grade.

Create a Map with a Printable School Map-Making Project

Resources for teaching map skills are abundant, but teachers often find it difficult to find engaging and exciting materials for primary grades. Many of the fun projects and map games are reserved for the upper grade levels, but we’ve put together a resource to change that!

This project-based activity will surely engage your young cartographers while building their knowledge of map skills and map keys. With this resource, students will cut out and use templates to build a birds-eye view map of their school building.

This resource download includes

  • Blank school map grid
  • School Location cut-and-paste labels
  • Map key cutout.

Through this activity, students will show the ability to make and use a map key.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your Geography lessons. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students complete the activity by sketching in the basic floor plan before beginning the project.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge your fast finishers to expand their mapping skills by mapping larger areas, such as their playground, home, or neighborhood.


Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Map-Making Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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