Maps Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to websites which provide ready-made maps
of use in classrooms. Please read our disclaimer.
For websites that teach about map-making and about reading maps -- either
curricular resources (information, content...) for students to learn about this
topic, or instructional materials (lesson plans) for teachers -- see the companion
Mapping Theme Page.
World Fact Book
- In addition to being a primary source of summarized geographic information,
the Factbook also provides:
- A small, printable map of each country in the world
Regional Reference Maps of larger land areas
Appendix F that lists the latitude and longitude of every significant
city and landform in the world.
- The Directory of Federal Real Property is a service of the Treasury Board
of Canada Secretariat, in the form of an interactive map. It's not primarily
for general public use and the interface has a bit of a learning curve. But
for most built-up locales in Canada, clicking the "i" button and
a map location displays that location's latitude and longitude to four decimal
places. That's accurate enough to distinguish between one house and the next.
- These two commercial sites allow users to interactively browse and zoom
their way to millions of locations worldwide, and to print their maps at a
variety of scales.
- Geography World's meta-list of links to over 75 sites on maps.
- There are hundreds of maps at this site. A large number are of the United
States, but there are also plenty of world maps, maps of other countries,
interactive maps, links to libraries of maps, tutorials on maps, and on-line
atlases. The site also contains other standard reference works (e.g., dictionaries,
telephone directories, etc.).
Atlas of Canada
- The Canadian National Atlas - including base maps, geographic names, and
- The premier U.S. provider of popular geographic knowledge has two map resources
of interest to students and teachers.
Machine This site generates a variety of physical and political maps,
and satellite-image maps, by pointing and clicking. Fast Internet connection
The teacher's favourite! This site has PDF-format outline maps that social
studies teachers give to students for colouring, for naming rivers and
cities, and so on. Both "detailed" and "blank" maps are available.
- Students can create maps interactively by filling out a form designating
the area they want mapped and the results are then presented on their screen
via their browser. A Postscript version of the map can also be downloaded.
PCL Map Collection
- This site contains on-line maps from all over the world. Maps can can be
viewed and saved for later reference.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in Mapping. For other resources in Social Studies (e.g., curricular content, lesson plans, and theme pages), click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.