Charting The World: Geography And Maps From Cave Paintings To Gps With 21 Activities


This book about geography, maps and map making investigates the subject matter through a very informative text plus 21 hands on activities that will fully engage young learners. They’ll learn about ancient maps, the various types of maps and the history of map making as well as the latest innovations in GPS. The activities range from creating a zoning map and performing a plot survey to finding the elevation of a hill.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Lots of illustration help visual learners connect with the concepts. It is perfect for the classroom or home schooling.

Content Awareness Factors:


Young Reader Reaction

A friend of mine used this book for awhile with his fifth grade class. Most of the students, especially the boys, found this interesting and the activities the teacher tried worked out well.

Parent Reaction

Frankly, I loved this book and learned a lot about cartography. The author makes the topic very accessible and the maps and illustrations are wonderful.

Type of Book:
This is nonfiction reading that kids can use in the real world. It is fun to read and good for research, too.
Educational Themes:

This book is "built" for interactive learning. It is an opportunity to look at history of map making as well as navigating tools.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
8 to 12
Age of child:
A group of fifth grade students, ages 10 and 11.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. This is a book that is not just for learning but offers fun, too.

Title Charting the World: Geography and Maps from Cave Paintings to GPS with 21 Activities
Author Richad Panchyk
Publisher Chicago Review Press © 2011
ISBN 9781569763445
Material Hard Cover
Genres History, Interactive, Geography, Atlas | Map
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