|Ask the students to describe a city they either live in or have
visited. Write the names of the cities mentioned on the board. Ask the
students to describe the type of activities that take place in these
cities. Examples might be traffic, big buildings, etc. How are the
cities mentioned the same? How are they different?
|Pull down the World Political Map. Examine the map to see if any of
the cities mentioned are shown on the map. Explain to the students that
there are many, many cities in the world. Only a limited number can be
shown on a world map. Map makers use symbols to represent cities and to
show where they are located.
|Circle the Political Map legend. Introduce the city population
symbols found in the legend. The legend explains the meaning of the
symbols. When used on the map, the symbol shows us where the city is
located and approximately how many people live there.
|Find an example of each city symbol on the World Political Map. Have
one student find a very large city and another student write the name of
the city in the space on the " __________is a very large city"
post-it-note. Do the same for other post-it-notes. Make sure the
students also identify the name of the country in which the city is
|If your city or town is not shown on the map, use a blank
post-it-note. Discuss the size of the symbol that should be used to
represent your city. Draw the city symbol on the blank post-it-note of
your city. Use other post-it-notes for other cities you have discussed
which are not shown on the map.