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Read a Fall Foliage Map


  • Social Studies


  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Brief Description

Use a color key to read a fall foliage map. Printable work sheet included.



  • understand the purpose of a color key.
  • use a color key to help them read a map.


map, foliage, fall, autumn, color key, geography

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

This lesson can be used to teach or reinforce the concept of a color key. The lesson might be used in one of the following ways:

  • Project the fall foliage map on a screen. You might do that by 1) copying the map onto a transparency, then using an overhead projector to display the map on a screen or 2) using a projector attached to a classroom computer to display the map. Use the map and work sheet to teach students about color keys or, if this activity will serve to reinforce map and map key skills, let students work independently or in pairs to complete the work sheet.
  • Use the work sheet as a lesson to be completed in the computer lab. Students might work on their own or in pairs to complete the work sheet.
  • Post a copy of the map fall foliage map in a classroom learning center. There students will use the map to complete the work sheet.


    WORK SHEET ANSWER KEY: 1. October; 2. orange (you might also accept gold as a response); 3. late October; 4. deep red; 5. late October; 6. October; 7. late October to early November; 8. Florida.

    Lesson Plan Source

    Submitted By

    Gary Hopkins

    National Standards 

    SOCIAL SCIENCES: Geography
    GRADES K - 12
    NSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
    NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions
    NSS-G.K-12.6 Uses of Geography

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    This lesson was originally posted on 10/10/2005