Printable Maps for the Classroom

Printable Maps for the Classroom

December 7th, 2018

It is critical for any Social Studies student (or student in general) to have a basic understanding of geography. Important events are difficult to understand when you cannot place them in the correct context (time and place).

Your students can practice their map skills without a computer using any of the printable maps available at the websites below.

U.S. Geological Survey, courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Interior

National Map

https://nationalmap.gov/small_scale/printable.html

The U.S. Geological Survey produces maps that represent the United States in numerous different ways. They have printable maps showing Congressional districts, climate zones, Indian reservations, and presidential elections, to name a few. These maps could be incorporated into almost any content area. Conveniently, all maps are formatted in a standard 8.5- by 11-inch landscape format so they are ready to be printed, copied, and used in the classroom.

Outline Maps, Education Place

Eduplace

https://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/

Education Place offers a number of different, relatively simple, maps that teachers can print out and use. Aside from political, historical, and physical maps, Education Place also offers unlabled maps of every continent. These blank maps are useful for teachers who want to quiz their students or have them fill in the maps with content specific to their lesson or unit. All of Education Place’s maps are in PDF format, easy to print and use.

Mapmaker, National Geographic

Map Maker National Geographic

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/mapping/outline-map/

You can use the Mapmaker on National Geographic’s website to create a customized map specific for your needs. You have the option to add or take away different map elements like latitude and longitudinal lines, country borders, river names, etc.

You can create a map of a specific continent, country, or region. Additionally, you can include different symbols and drawings to make the map specifically match the content you are teaching. Once you’ve completed your “mapsterpiece” you have the option to download it as a PDF, XML, or static image file.

d-maps

https://d-maps.com

There is a wide variety of maps available on d-maps, ranging from blank outlines of different countries and continents to historical maps that accurately depict regions like the Fertile Crescent and Attica. This would be a great website for world history teachers in particular to check out. You can select maps that are colored, black and white, unlabeled, etc. and they are all available in six different formats (GIF, PDF, CDR, SVG, AI, and WMF).



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