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Map Reading Badge
(Discover the World)
by Kerry Cordy

 

Penguin: Do 3 requirements including the 1 starred.

_____ 1.* What is map reading? Be able to recognize a map. Looking at a map of the world be able to find the United States. Once you have found the US, look at a map of the US and find the state you live in.

 

Otter:  Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Penguin requirement #1. Look at least 3 different types of maps such as globe, a street map, a map of hiking trails, a topographical map, a map of a stadium or auditorium, a demographic map, etc.  Understand what the map represents.

_____ 2.* Learn what an atlas is and look through one.

 

Dolphin:  Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements #1 & 2, but look at 5 different types of maps.

_____ 2.* Learn what a key or legend is on a map.  Make a map of your home or yard with a key to show what each symbol stands for.

 

Butterfly:  Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.

_____ 2.* Learn to read a street map and give specific directions to someone driving to get from one place to another.

 

Eagle:  Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2.*   Plan a road trip and use a map to write down exact instructions as to how you plan to get to each location you plan to visit.  Use the scale to estimate the distance and how long it will take you to get from point to point.   If you need to measure the distance of a curving road, use a string to follow the road and then straighten it out to measure it on the scale.  At the end of your trip, compare your estimations and directions to your actual trip.

 

Owls:  Do 9 requirements including the two starred.

_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional Requirements:

_____ 3.  Have a parent hide a treasure somewhere in your house or yard and be able to follow a map to go and find it.

_____ 4.  Learn about a compass and the directions north, south, east and west. Dolphins and Up also must learn to find the directions northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest. Butterflies and Up must learn to orient a map using a compass so that you read it accurately.

_____ 5.  Use a globe or map of the world to learn all seven continents. Dolphins and up must find all the oceans and Butterflies and Up must identify the northern, southern, eastern and western hemispheres as well as lines of longitude and latitude.

_____ 6.  Make a map of your bedroom, house, or yard.

_____ 7.  Learn what a key or legend is.  Look at a map with a key and find out what each symbol stands for.

_____ 8.  Go on a hike using a trail map and help navigate which way to go.

_____ 9.  Learn to use a grid overlay on a map to find specific places.  Usually there are letters on one side and numbers on the other.

_____ 10.  Learn how to tell the distance between two items on a map using the scale.  If you need to measure the distance of a curving road, use a string to follow the road and then straighten it out to measure it on the scale. Plan a short road trip and use the scale to estimate the distance and how long it will take you to get from point A to point B.

_____ 11.  Learn to read a demographic map, such as a political map of red and blue states during an election.

_____ 12.  Learn what the following words mean:  equator, pole, longitude, latitude, scale, projection, cartography, cartographer, and compass rose. Butterflies and Up must also learn the words prime meridian, international date line, hemispheres, contiguous, contour, true north, magnetic north, and coordinates.

_____ 13.  Learn to read a topographical map and understand elevation and contour lines.

_____ 14.  Go to a stadium or large auditorium and use a map of the facility to find a specific seat.

_____ 15.  Learn the difference between the following types of map projections:  conical projection, plane projection, and interrupted projection.

_____ 16.  Understand how GPS works and what the coordinates mean.

_____ 17.  Find out what a hydrographic chart is and how they are used.

 

Websites:  These websites are not associated with our program and we cannot guarantee their content. Please do not surf the internet without your parent’s permission.

Owl and Mouse: Interactive, printable political maps – http://www.yourchildlearns.com/geography.htm

World Atlas.com: Maps and geography -
http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/world.htm

DKTK: Pirates Treasure Map – http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/pirates/mmap.html

Enchanted Learning – tons of map activities for younger kids
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/mapreading/