Map Making (Part Two)

Previously posted on June 5, 2015, at

In part 1, I encouraged homeschoolers to include Geography in daily lessons. In this post, I will share how to copy maps as they learn about their own country and the world.

Here are the maps which the kids have done:

This was a three student project. It was borne out of our study of the Age of Exploration in World History.
This was done when they boys were around 8 and 10 years old.
This was an unplanned activity. As we tried to process the Mamasapano tragedy in Mindanao involving our Filipino countrymen, we found the need to review Geography again and understand the history of the Muslims in our country. This was done by Raya.
We stretched this activity by asking the children to feature one province they would like to visit and create a “brochure” for tourists:) Oh that was fun! We want to go to Camiguin and Davao. Gino created the smaller map of the Mindanao region.

Steps to copying, reducing or enlarging:

  1. Use an old map or download and print the map you wish to copy/enlarge/reduce.
Draw vertical and horizontal parallel lines (see how you can introduce Math concepts!). Create squares or rectangles (more Math!).
The task for this was to enlarge the Mindanao region. Draw lines to create one inch squares. Label the boxes -A1 meaning row A, column 1 to serve as a guide when you begin to draw your map. You can introduce or make use of multiplication in map enlargement. The squares have to be enlarged twice or thrice (depending on your desired size for your map). For this map, Gino multiplied the sides of square by 2.
The task was to “reduce” the Philippine map into a A3 paper. We opted to create rectangles using this old Philippine map. For reducing, you can make use of division.

You can introduce the measurements in this activity and teach the children the proper use of rulers.

With boxes in your paper/cartolina, it will be easier to copy the image as you copy in an orderly manner, using the boxes and their labels as guides. The details of the forms of the islands, the presence of rivers, and other landforms can be copied as well.

All your students have to do is to also label the boxes in his paper (where he will draw the map from scratch) with the same labels on the map to be copied (A1, A2, A3, etc).

Now you can start drawing!

With the box to box correspondence,, it will be easier to “map” out the map!
Islands will be easier to draw in their proper locations.

Such projects cannot be accomplished in one sitting. The world map was done by three students for around 2-3 weeks (as they worked on it around three times a week). However, it is very good exercise to help children (and the teacher as well!) familiarize (and not memorize) provinces and regions in our country and countries all over the world. They can also map all the oceans and the continents easily. Without knowing it, as they daily outline, color and add details, they are actually memorizing while having fun. You can continue to talk as they do these tasks, “Imagine what is it like to be a cartographer?” or “Could you imagine how it was like when there were no maps?” And try to listen to their answers! We hope to make more maps, Luzon and Visayas are definitely in our bucket list.

Merry Map Making!

Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.

1 Chronicles 4:10

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