created by Natasha Pollock
University of Richmond
Introduction | The Questions | Internet Resources
This is a Treasure Hunt for information about reading, using, understanding and making maps. Maps can provide us with all kinds of information. We can use a map to find directions, to discover characteristics of the land, to study weather patterns or populations of a specific region, to locate rivers, mountains, and lakes, or to find the distance between two places.
The answers to each of the following questions can be found through one of the eight Web sites about maps listed below. You might want to start by taking a quick look at all of the internet resources.
When you complete the list of questions and activities, your task is to solve the 'Big Question' by bringing together all of the new information you acquired in your hunt.
- Go to the site Nikki's Adventures and read the story of a little girl's trip to the fair.
- Using the descriptions Nikki gives from the hot air balloon, and other information provided in the story, do your best to draw a map of the fairground. Read the story carefully, and include all of the fair attractions mentioned. Label your map and use a scale if necessary.
(Hint: Everyone's map will look slightly different because the specific locations of attractions are not given. Don't forget to include important features such as the entrance to the fair, and the ticket booth!)
- In a paragraph or two, describe what type of map you have drawn and explain how you went about drawing it. Was it difficult? How useful would this map be for other people who were trying to find their way around the fairground? Give two or three examples from the other sites you browsed in your treasure hunt that would have helped make your drawing easier or more accurate.