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Map Symbols Matching Activity

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

Practice identifying the symbols found on a map with a map symbol matching activity.

Identifying Map Symbols for Elementary Grades

What do all those symbols on maps stand for? Symbols are small pictures that stand for different features on a map. A symbol is often drawn to look like what it represents. For example, a triangular shape is often used to denote a mountain. A desert is often shown by a group of dots that might look a little bit like sand. A forest could have little shapes that look like trees. A railroad can be shown as a line with bars drawn across it, like a train’s track. These are simple ideas for you and me, but they might be confusing for your young map enthusiasts. We’re here to help!

Enhance your Geography lessons in elementary grades with a map symbol-matching activity. This resource serves as an excellent introduction or review of the different types of symbols and features found on a map. This resource provides a series of word cards with accompanying image cards to match.

Students will practice identifying map symbols including:

🌎lake, dining, road, hospital, mountain, school, river, police station, railroad, forest, dining, hospital, airport, parking

Through this activity, students will demonstrate the ability to identify the different symbols and features found on a map.

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


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