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On the Map: Five Things That All Maps Have in Common



On the Map: Five Things That All Maps Have in Common

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.96

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     challenging words:    orientation, important, finding, real-life, legend, lines, between, title, useful, inch, also, understand, finally, helpful, another, city
     content words:    Jefferson Memorial


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On the Map: Five Things That All Maps Have in Common
By Brandi Waters
  

1     Maps are important tools. They can help us learn about a place. They can help us get from one place to another. They can also be used to find the distance between two places. There are many things that a map can tell you, but there are only five things that all maps have in common. All maps have a title. The title helps you to know what you can learn from the map. A map must always show its orientation. This means that it must always show which way is north. This helps the reader understand how to relate the map to his or her surroundings. The third thing that all maps have in common is a scale. A scale is useful for understanding real-life distances. For example, one .....
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