Map Our Neighborhood

10 Diamond Project

Located at the Gatos Theater


In this project, you will be studying maps and then designing a map of one of the neighborhoods of Montessori City. Along the way, you will read a powerpoint introduction to maps, see a helpful video about mapping and map keys or legends and use Google Earth to answer a number of mapping questions.


To begin with, let's get an introduction to the features of maps and some different types of maps. Download and read the powerpoint to the right.

Click on the picture above to download the mapping introduction powerpoint. 


Now let's see what you learned about maps. Download the question sheet and answer the questions about maps. Once you type in or write your answers, upload the file to your folder on Google Drive.

Next take a look at a couple videos about geography and world maps in these two videos. The first one is a beginner's video, while the second one is a bit more advanced.

You don't have to memorize these terms but be ready to discuss the videos when you present to Teacher Matt.


Next we are going to do some work with Google Earth, which is an amazing online program that allows us to see the Earth in computerized form.

For years, Google Earth was a downloadable program but now there is an online version. You may already know how to use Google Earth, in which case you can skip the tutorial video to the right. 

This tutorial is a couple years old but it is still a good introduction for how to use Google Earth.


Next, I'd like you to use Google Earth to find some places around the world. A few of these will relate to where you live. Others will relate to places around the Earth. Download the word document to the right and answer the questions. Then upload the doc to your folder on Google Drive.


The last step is to create a detailed map of one neighborhood in Montessori City. Of course, a "neighborhood" can sometimes be hard to define. Here is how we define it for this project...

*You should map an area that is at least 4 streets long by 4 streets wide. It can be as much as 8 streets long and 8 streets wide but not bigger than that.

Other requirements for your map:

*It must be done on a 22 x 28 inch posterboard (the kind you find at Walmart or Target)

*It should have a key (sometimes called a legend)

*You should have at least 8 things in the key such as street, house, building, river, lake, etc... The key could also have symbols for types of buildings (post office, skyscraper etc)

*You can pick any "neighborhood" in Montessori City as long as it is the size mentioned above (between 4 streets x 4 streets but not bigger than 8 x 8)

*Use at least 5 colors for your map

*Use a ruler for straight lines and straight streets

*Do your best work!

When it is done take a photo of it and upload it to your folder on Google Drive and be ready to discuss the map with Teacher Matt when you present it.

*Read the mapping powerpoint

*Answer the questions about the mapping powerpoint

*Watch both mapping videos and be ready to discuss some of the terms mentioned in it

*Answer the questions about the Smart Homes Video

*Get to know how to use Google Earth (use the video to help if you need it)

*Answer the questions on the Google Earth trivia sheet

*Create your neighborhood map

*Present everything to Teacher Matt


*Teacher Matt is grading out of a possible 10 Diamonds for Excellent Work for this project.