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Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms
Map-based resources and lessons for social studies, history, and geography.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms is a project of the Newberry Library’s Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography. It features lesson plans built around historically significant map documents that support a variety of social studies, history and geography curricula.
The site’s content is divided into two main sections: Instructions for teachers and the Map and Lesson Plan Index. Both links are available on the main page. The Map and lesson plan index is arranged by theme making it easy to find the information you need. Core maps open in separate windows that allow for enlarging and panning the image to reveal details. Macromedia Flash Player is required.

Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms is a rich resource for teachers and students. Teachers will want to read through the information in the Instructions for Teachers section before using the site in the classroom. It includes the general organization and use of the site, National Standards for geography and social studies, information on displaying and printing images and text at the site, how to read historical maps and general resources on cartography as well as fair use policies. The lesson plans consist of eighteen modules organized into six major themes: discovery and encounter, migration and settlement, environmental history, the historical geography of transportation, political and military history, and the geography of American communities. Each module has four age specific lesson plans (k-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) based on one or more of the primary map documents, curators notes that provide historical background about the map, and other resources including supplemental images.


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