Maps can show us streets and railways and cities and countries. But they can also show us what we can’t see, what we can only imagine, or how to build something. Become a map-magician!

Go on an adventure with Sam the cat, inspired by Joyce Hesselberth’s book, Mapping with Sam. We follow Sam through her adventures and learn about different types of maps along the way.

Students will explore key features of maps and discover that maps can take many forms. They will then take on a challenge of mapping something using map features such as legends, compass directions, scale and more.

Map your imaginary city, map your bedroom, backyard, a shelf in the fridge and for those wanting to stretch your skills, have a go at creating a walking tour using tour creator in google maps.

Learning intentions:

  • Enjoy a fun and engaging retelling of Joyce Hesselberth’s book, Mapping Sam
  • Identify key features of maps including legends, scale, compass points and more
  • Understand that there are maps of many things including the solar system, our bodies (x-rays) and more
  • Challenge students to create maps that incorporate key mapping features


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Paper (various sizes are ok) and coloured pens/pencils/textas/
Ruler (for older students)
Access to google maps (for older students if they choose the google maps challenge)

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