A Checklist of Spatial Awareness and Mapping Skills
© Beverley Paine, 1997
[this article forms part of a series on Geography you can buy as a Practical Homeschooling booklet from Always Learning Books]
- Focus on personal space
- Using locational terms
- Representation to scale
- Symbolic representation
- Simple maps and plans
- Modelling and positions
- Locating things in relation to others
- Drawing simple representations in elevation or plan form
- Interpreting map symbols, colours
- Following directional terms
- Comparing distances on maps
- Reading information aerial maps
- Using alpha-numeric locational grid
- Understand eight points of compass
- Using street directory
- Comparing maps different scales
- Understanding North convention
- Understand mapping symbols
- Drawing plans, maps to scale
- Equator, latitude, longitude
- Tropics of Cancer, Capricorn
- Using index in atlas, street directory
- Using atlas and globes
- Awareness of different time zones, Greenwich meridian, Inter-date line
- Using magnetic compass
- Locating Australia, States, cities
- Locating countries, continents
- Giving directions
- Reading survey maps, plans, etc
- Preparing detailed working maps
- Reading weather maps
This checklist is taken from Chapter 9 Checklists in Getting Started with Hoemschooling Practical Considerations by Beverley Paine, available from Always Learning Books.
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