The Layers of a Map
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Use the maps and other resources at these Internet sites to further explore map layers, cartography, and geography.
Working with Maps: What Do Maps Show?
The U.S. Geological Survey offers an introduction to using maps for Grades 5-8. Rich with photographs, explanations, maps, activities, and a teacher's guide, this site is a great classroom resource.
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
Check out this extensive collection of maps. Print or download hundreds of high quality, copyright-free maps of nations and cities, as well as many historical maps. A special "Electronic Maps of Current Interest" section highlights maps of places in the news&3151;great for enhancing current events lessons.
Use these maps as bases and layers for creating new maps. If you use tracing paper, you can create map overlays to show the different layers of a map.