Really good maps and atlases online to help with geography and history studies. Treasure maps, too!
Atlases – Geopolitical Maps
CIA World Fact Book
CIA geopolitical maps of various sections of the world.
Maps and cartograms of the most recent US presidential election results
The blue may be small in area, but they are large in terms of numbers of people, which is what matters in an election. We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states have been rescaled according to their population. From the University of Michigan. If you like these maps, look at this one of the whole world.
National Atlas of Canada
Learn about Canadian communities while you browse through this useful site. Have your homeschool group help with this project to help portray what is going on in your community.En Français.
National Atlas of the United States
Make a map showing the distribution of all sorts of things such as Indian lands or butterfly distribution. Handy for comparing such things.
Lots of map clip art, flags, basic data about regions. Oceans and islands maps, too.
Clip Art Maps
Atlas – Xpeditions
Black-and-white maps for printing, from the National Geographic Magazine.
Colored outline map of Canada. Provinces and Territories labeled.
Geography – Enchanted Learning
This is a collection of geography pages, maps, printouts, flags, quizzes, and activities for students. The pages are listed by continent, alphabetically, and by topic.
Maps of the States, Color Landform
If you need a really, really good map of your state, here’s a wonderful selection from various views.
Feel free to print or download any of these maps for your personal use in activities, reports, or stories.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Features very contemporary maps of places in the news as well as a huge collection of detailed maps from around the world. Some take a long time to download. From the U. of Texas, so several good Texas maps as well.
In 1440, without latitude, European sailors only knew a little of the world. 76 years later, able to navigate using latitude, explorers could circumnavigate the globe. How did this come to be?
Latitude and Longitude
I’ve seen those curvy patterns on globes, Lulu! But I’m not sure what they’re for!
Create a Custom Travel Map with Google Maps
If you’ve got a vacation coming up, I have a super useful tutorial for you today to help you easily organize and manage your trip. Before I leave on a trip, I always create a custom travel map so I can keep track of my hotel, what I want to see, photo ops, restaurants, and more all in one easily accessible spot. Google recently updated their maps to the new My Maps, so this tutorial will show you how to create a map with the new My Maps.
Create a street map to show others how to get to your homeschooling event. Link it to your web page. Free.
Google Earth Explore, Search and Discover
Want to know more about a specific location? Dive right in — Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world’s geographic information at your fingertips.
Just enter your starting point and the address of your field trip destination and MapQuest will create a map and driving directions to take you right there.
Getting Started with Geocaching
Everything you would like to know about the Geocaching sport. [If you are looking for a cache in Milpitas, CA, contact me. There is one in the park next to our home!]
Letterboxing of North America
An intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming “treasure hunt” style outdoor quest. A wide variety of adventures can be found to suit all ages and experience levels.
Orienteering — the Sport of a Lifetime
Orienteering is the sport of navigation with map and compass. It’s easy to learn, but always challenging.
Sea Floor Mapping
Explore the sea floor while playing along with this fun National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration game.
You can keep a large group of kids amused for hours with a few, well planned, treasure/scavenger hunts. Once they’ve been on one hunt, the kids may decide to plan the next one by themselves.
Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection
New World, Colonial America, Revolutionary America, Revolutionary Georgia, Union & Expansion, American Civil War, Frontier to New South, Savannah & the Coast, and Transportation.
In 1931, John B. Sparks put 4,000 years of world history into one chart. His “histomap” was an early infographic with different colored areas that traced the rise and fall of civilizations from 2000 B.C. to A.D. 1900. Zoom in to get a good look at what was happening.
Historic Atlas Resource Library
University of Oregon presents these interactive historical maps. Needs Shockwave.
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
The map collection is global in scope, dating from the 15th century to the present, with a particular strength in maps and atlases from the New England region, American Revolutionary War period, nautical charts, and world urban centers.
Math and Maps
View real places on Google maps, and figure out some math problem in relation to that place. For example, visit a real Madrid Football Stadium’s site to figure out what is the area of the pitch in meters squared. Zoom in on a swimming pool, and then figure out what part of a circle it encloses. View a huge peanut butter factory, and figure out how much could be held in its vats. Teachers are encouraged to contribute new math problems.
The Mathematics Behind the Maps – The Four Color Theorem
How many different colors must you have available if you want to color a map so that countries that share a boundary line are not colored the same color?
Mathematics of Cartography
Using math with maps, and a little history of map making thrown in for good measure.
Popular Geography Activities for Math Class
Connect math and geography with these printables, lessons, and activities for kindergarten through twelfth grade. Use these resources to teach students how to read a map and navigate with mathematical instruments.
Make a Relief Map Jigsaw Puzzle
Cut the continents and oceans out of clay or dough, then add the details. Here’s how. From NASA, as a way of showing how the world looks from space.
Pirate’s Treasure Map
Make your own, very old looking treasure map. Even use invisible ink to mark where the real treasure lies.
Treasure Island Unit Study
A great choice for a high-interest literature unit study. There is adventure, mystery, good vs. evil, crime and punishment, reward, interesting and exciting characters, and so much more! Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson.