Social Studies Map Vocabulary - 3rd Grade
Terms in this set (22)
Is 2D, and it can be viewed on paper or on a screen. Maps, unlike globes, may show different things. You can look at maps of the world, continents, countries, cities, buildings, and many other things.
A list that explains what each map symbol or picture stands for on a map. It is sometimes called a legend instead.
A tool that compares distance on a map to distance on earth.
A design on a map that shows directions.
North, East, South and West
Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest
A set of straight lines on a map that cross to form squares of equal size.
A collection of maps in book form.
A community in a city.
A community in the country. A place in the countryside where people live, work, and have fun together.
Lines of Longitude
Set of imaginary lines that run North to South. They come together at the North and South Poles. Measures the distance East and West from 0 to 180 degrees.
Lines of Latitude
Set of imaginary lines that run East to West. They are parallel (they never come together). Measure the distance North or South.
A 3D representation of the earth that shows the continents, oceans, countries, and landforms of the world.
Each half of the earth, split at the equator by the equator. North Hemisphere and South Hemisphere.
The 7 largest land masses in the world.
Large bodies of salt water. There are 5: Arctic Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean
Imaginary line that divides the earth in half horizontally, into two equal parts. Each half is called a hemisphere.
Zero degrees longitude and is the starting point for measuring longitude. Divides the Earth in half vertically.
Shows landforms and bodies of water. Landforms are different types of land on the Earth's surface such as mountains, plains, and deserts. Bodies of water are oceans, gulfs, rivers, lakes. Some times show political labels too.
Shows where cities and the borders of states and countries are located.
Shows the weather of an area over a long period of time.
Identify the Continents
1. North America
2. South America
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