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WHAT IS A MAP?

A map is a model of the Earth’s surface that uses colors, shapes and symbols to tell us about landforms, weather or the boundaries of countries.

To better understand how maps work…

WHAT IS A MAP?. A map is a model of the Earth’s surface that uses colors, shapes and symbols to tell us about landforms, weather or the boundaries of countries. To better understand how maps work…

LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!

There are many different landforms on Earth.

scientist explains to kids what landforms are

In different places on Earth you can find mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, islands and more. To know where all these landforms are, scientists create and share maps.

There are many different landforms on Earth. In different places on Earth you can find mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, islands and more. To know where all these landforms are, scientists create and share maps.
scientist explains to kids what landforms are

Maps use shapes, colors and symbols.

treasure map diagram of an island

Maps use colors to show different types of features like land, water and forests. Maps also use symbols to show us where things are located – like a treasure!

Maps use shapes, colors and symbols. Maps use colors to show different types of features like land, water and forests. Maps also use symbols to show us where things are located – like a treasure!
treasure map diagram of an island

Physical maps can show us landforms.

scientist finds a treasure map in a bottle

Physical maps show us where to find mountains, forests, rivers, lakes and many more landforms. If you are going on a hike, you will want to look at a physical map.