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Map reading skills

To measure children’s map reading skills a pre-and post-test was developed. The two map reading tests were piloted with 48 children of grade 4 and 5 in order to determine whether their difficulty levels are equal and whether they are not too easy for the target group.

Umeå
Map reading activity

  1. Whole map: There is a university towards the right of the map (universitet). What is the name of the residential area that lies almost straight to the north of the university? ___________________________________
  2. Whole map: Find Röbäcks kapell (Röbacks chapel). Where do you get if you go 1.1 kilometer to the southeast? Write a 1 on the map where you get.
  3. Whole map: Where do you get if you go 750 meter straight to the south-southwest from the central station? Write a 2 on the map where you get.
  4. Whole map + Detail map: On the big map there is an island in the river to the north of the residential area called Böleäng. Now check the detail map: What is the name of the part of the island that lies most to the west? ____________________________________
  5. Detail map: There is a power line over Lundåkern. How long is this power line?
  6. Whole map: The city of Umeå considers building a new rubbish dump. There are six possible 
places that are indicated with numbers. Find the correct place based on the following clues:
  7. First, find the word “Start” on the map and check where the arrow points at. The rubbish dump should not be built to the west of this point.
  8. The rubbish dump should not be built in a forest area
  9. The rubbish dump may not be placed further than 2 kilometer from the start point
  10. Write the number of the place where the rubbish dump should be built: _______________

 

Whole Map of Umeå

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Detail Map of Umeå

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Hudiksvall Map Activity

  1. Whole map: There is a hospital (sjukhus) in the middle of the map. What is the name of the 
nearest lake that lies almost straight to the east of the hospital? 
___________________________________
  2. Whole map: Where do you get if you go 0.75 kilometer to the north-west from the central 
station? Write a 1 on the map where you get.
  3. Whole map: Find Köpmanberget (there is an arrow pointing it out). Where do you get if you go 
1300 meter to the northnortheast? Write a 2 on the map where you get.
  4. Whole map + Detail map: On the whole map you will see two green islands to the east of 
Hudiksvall. Check the detail map: What is the name of the island that lies most to the west? 
____________________________________
  5. Detail map: There is a bathing area (Badplats) close to Maln. What is the distance from 
Håstaholmen to this bathing area by boat?
  6. Whole map: The city of Hudiksvall considers building a new water supply. There are six possible 
places that are indicated with numbers. Find the correct place based on the following clues:
  7. First, find the word “Start” on the whole map and check where the arrow is pointing. The water supply may not be built to the west of this point
  8. The water supply must be built in a forested area
  9. The water supply must lie around 2 kilometer from the start point
  10. Write the number of the place where the water supply should be built: _________________

 

Whole Map of Hudiksvall

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Detail Map of Hudiksvall

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Download the Map reading Skills document