Maps From Here to There

Maps From Here to There lesson plan

Challenge your mapping skills! Interpret a map by plotting a trip. Have a classmate try to figure out your destination!

  • 1.

    Organize students into small groups. Each group will need a map of the local community or even another part of the world that has been studied. Invite groups to determine where they will be traveling.

  • 2.

    On an individual dry-erase board, students draw the major routes needed to travel with Crayola Dry-Erase Markers or Crayons. Encourage students to pay particular attention to turns in their travel routes.

  • 3.

    Remind students to think about landmarks passed during their travel. Sketch them (or symbols of them) on the team's map. These become clues for classmates. Use Crayola Dry-Erase Crayons to create landmark symbols.

  • 4.

    When travel routes are complete, groups take turns figuring out the beginning and ending destinations with each other’s directions.


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • MATH: Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch.
  • SS: Locate and distinguish among varying landforms and geographic features, such as mountains, plateaus, islands, and oceans.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Students create a map of their school building. Include all "landmarks" but no room numbers. Write directions for a classmate to follow and provide the map. Is your classmate successful in finding your secret location?
  • Students create a map using only landmarks. This strategy is especially helpful when the destination is another country.