Map Your World

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In this activity, learners map their world by drawing a plan of their bedroom. Use this activity to introduce learners to the work of archaeologists and how they create maps to better understand a dig site. Extension activities include making a map of a larger space (like an entire house, or their neighborhood) and making a map to scale.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • ruler
  • paper
  • pencil
  • colored pencils or crayons
  • graph paper (optional)
  • room to map


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth's History
      • Archeology
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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  • Ology


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