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# Map Skills

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Map skills involve reading maps, using a compass and general navigation knowledge. Maps are used to help us find our way around. They are representations of real roads, buildings, rivers etc. which can be used to plan a route, to guide us when we are lost or to explore an area without leaving the comfort of our own homes. Reading maps is an essential, and a rewarding, skill.

1.
Which compass point is at the bottom of a map?
North
East
South
West
Just as the South Pole is seen as the bottom of a globe, south is seen as the bottom of a map
2.
What is a book of maps called?
An Atlantic
An Atlas
A Dictionary
An Encyclopaedia
The very first atlas had a picture of the Greek Titan Atlas, holding up the world, on its cover
3.
What is the name given to the world map printed on a ball?
Sphere
Globe
Orb
Earth
The world is also referred to as the globe
4.
What is a map key?
It unlocks magic doors
It shows what map symbols mean
It locks the cupboard where maps are kept
It lists all the stopping places on a map
Each map has a key and it tells you, for example, what a expressway, a river or a church look like on the map
5.
Which compass point is at the top of a map?
North
East
South
West
Just as the North Pole is seen as the top of a globe, north is seen as the top of a map
6.
What do we use to find the direction we are facing?
A compact
A comet
A telescope
A compass
A compass needle always points towards the North Pole
7.
Which compass point is to the right of North and South?
North
East
South
West
The sun always rises in the East
8.
Which compass point is between North and West?
East
South
North West
West North
The points of the compass can be remembered like this: Never Eat Soggy Worms - that's North, East, South and West starting at the top and going round clockwise
9.
Who makes maps?
A cartographer
A mapper
A photographer
A map maker
The English word 'cartography' comes from the Ancient Greek words for 'map' and 'writing'
10.
What is the name of the numbers used in grid references?
Coordinates
Correspondence
Symbols
Keys
The first coordinate gives the grid reference at the bottom while the second one goes up the side
Author:  Amanda Swift