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Now more than ever, students need solid map skills to succeed in our global community.
Harcourt GeoSkills is the only software of its kind to successfully combine creative
learning activities with an extensive database of high-quality maps. Much more than an
atlas program, GeoSkills provides students with the resources to create and navigate basic
geographic maps.

With Miles the Mole as an animated tour guide, students practice skills correlated with
the five geography themes of the National Geography Standards. Engaging “mini-
movies” provide a virtual classroom in which students are taught map and geography
concepts. The skills are reinforced with unique games that make learning fun. With the
aid of printable worksheets, teachers can assess the student’s mastery of the skills taught.
The Make a Map activity provides a wealth of outline maps, stamps, and drawing tools
that enable students to create and print their own maps.

Finally, a GeoGlossary allows students to access photographs and illustrations of
important geographic and map terms. With all of these resources at their fingertips,
students can truly discover their world through GeoSkills.

Overview of GeoSkills

Get Started!
GeoSkills is designed to guide students through the program with minimal
teacher interaction. In addition to simple directions from Miles the Mole, the
program features easy-tounderstand tutorials and audio prompts.
Choose one of four modes to suit your classroom needs:

Make a Map
Students create their own maps in Make a Map. There are hundreds of outline
maps of cities, states, countries, continents and more, with paint tools, stamps,
and legends that can be used to customize maps.

In the GeoGlossary, students gain a visual understanding of geographic and map
terms, such as volcano and desert. The glossary opens on a “virtual island,” with
each term pictured in natural surroundings. Click on a term to view photographs,
illustrations, and facts about the geographic feature. In addition, United States
and World maps provide definitions of basic map terms.

Explore Skills
Welcome to the movies! In Explore Skills, students visualize mapping concepts
with engaging video tutorials. After choosing from skills such as Use Latitude and
Longitude and Follow Routes on a Map, students watch a film exploring the
concept. At the end of each video is an interactive activity to further extend the
lesson. Print out the Try It worksheet for assessment and additional practice.

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Skills Activities
In Skills Activities students choose from mapping games such as Treasure Hunt
and Map Match. Each game teaches a specific map skill and has activity

Make a Map

Create Your Own!

To enter Make a Map,click on the Make a Map icon on the Main menu. (The
icon features a map with a paint can and ruler to easily identify the activity for
young students.) Make a Map opens on a classroom scene featuring Miles the
Mole. Use the chalkboard to select a map.

To choose a background map, click on the type of geographic map you would
like. The categories are Communities, United States, Countries, Continents, and
World. After selecting your category, a list of maps will appear on the chalkboard.
Use the up and down arrows on the board to scroll through the list. Click once to
see the map appear on the projector screen to the right of the chalkboard. Click
twice to open a full-screen view of the selected map. You are ready to use the
stamps, legend, and paint tools on your background.

To make a map “from scratch,” click on the Open Blank Page button at the
bottom of the screen. You are ready to use the stamps, legend, and paint tools to
create your own map.

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To add details to the map, use the paint and drawing tools. For a description of
these tools, see page 16.

To change the name of the map, click the edit field above the map and type the
name. The name will appear on the map when you print it out.

Use Stamps
Make a Map includes over a hundred symbols to customize your map. To stamp
a symbol on the map, scroll through the symbol categories by clicking the arrows
at the bottom of the symbol dialog box. When you click on a symbol, the cursor
becomes that symbol. Just click on the map to stamp symbols of everything from
buildings and minerals to animals and airplanes.

Create a Legend
To create a legend for your map, click the Legend button to go to the legend
view. A twelve-item grid appears. To build a legend, click on a symbol and then
“stamp” it into a cell in the legend. To name the symbol, click on one of the grid
cells to make it change into a text field. Type in the name or description of the
stamp. To delete a symbol, delete the name you typed in, then click on any other
text box. The symbol will disappear. Colors and fill patterns may be used in the
legend as well. Select an appropriate color or pattern from the symbol box and
then click in a grid cell in the legend.

To leave Build a Legend and return to the map, click the map button to go back
to the map view. The legend is saved for as long as you are working on the
current map.

To save a map, click the Save button at the bottom of the screen. A dialog box
will appear. After the file is named, the map is saved in a PICT format
(Macintosh) or a bitmap format (Windows).

To open a saved map, click on the Open button. Scroll through the list of saved
maps to find the one you want to open.You can also open a saved map by
clicking the Open Saved Map button from the Map menu screen.

To clear everything that has been added to the map, click on the Clear button.

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Time to Explore!

To enter the GeoGlossary, click on the GeoGlossary icon on the Main menu.
(The icon features a mountain view with an open book to easily identify the
activity for young students.) The GeoGlossary opens on a panoramic view of
land features that illustrates the glossary terms.

To explore the island, click on the arrows that move the illustration left or right,
up or down. This allows you to scroll the island map, which is larger than the
screen. Click the + and - button to enlarge or reduce the size of the illustration.

To select a geographic term from the glossary, click its name on the island
map. For an alphabetical list of all of the terms, click on Term List at the bottom
of the map. When you select a term from the panoramic view, a photo or
illustration appears on the screen with a definition of the term at the top. To hear
the text of the definition read aloud, run your mouse over the words. To find out
more about the term, click the arrow button at the bottom of the screen.

To explore Map Terms, click on the small map icon on the right of the screen. A
map will appear, with general map terms denoted on the screen. Click on the
term to view the definition of the word. Click on the map icon on the left side of
the page to see more map terms.

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Explore Skills

Welcome to the Movies!

To enter Explore Skills, click on the Explore
Skills icon on the Main menu. (The icon features a compass to easily identify the
activity for young students.) Choose a skill from the following Explore Skills
menu: Each Explore Skill consists of three parts:

Tutorial Students view a video teaching the selected skill. Click the name of the
skill once and its map appears on the easil. Click the map to start the tutorial.

Interactive Map After the tutorial, a map activity is provided to allow students to
explore the skill. Choose the movie projector icon to play the video again.

Try It Students can choose the Try It printable worksheet for extra practice and
assessment using the interactive map.

Apply It! The worksheet also contains directions for a Make a Map activity.
Students are directed to Make a Map to use the skill taught in creating their own

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Skills Activities

Time For Fun!

To enter Skills Activities, click on the Skills Activities icon on the Main menu.
(The icon features two characters, a worm and a frog, to easily identify the
activity for young students.) Miles the Mole prompts students to select from the
following mapping games:

To explore an activity, click on the activity’s icon. Activities consist of a unique
approach to teaching the skill, complete with instructions. The screen opens to
the Rules screen, where students read directions to the game.

To read the rules of the activity again, click on the Rules icon. Click Stop to
discontinue the game. Map Match Party Time Treasure Hunt

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Features Common to all GeoSkills Sections

        Speaker Button
        To adjust the volume, click the Speaker button.

        Back Button
        To go to a previous screen, click on the Back button.

          To print, click on the Printer icon.

         To access Help for the current screen, click the Help icon.

          To go to the Harcourt School Publishers page on the World Wide
          Web, click on the Computer icon.

          To access Help for a broader overview of GeoSkills, click on the
          Question Mark button.

           To return to the Main menu, click on the small map icon on the
           bottom of the screen.

           To exit the program, click on the Exit icon.

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List of Terms
What’s in the GeoGlossary? Use the list provided below to plan classroom
coastal plain
mountain range
source of river
Map Terms
compass rose
inset map
lines of latitude
lines of longitude
map grid
map key
map scale
map title
map symbol
prime meridian

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Paint and Drawing Tools

                Fills area with selected paint color or pattern.

                Paints with selected paint color.

                Line Tool
                Draws a straight line in the selected area.

                Draws a line with an arrow in the selected color.

                Ellipse and Rectangle
                Lets you create rectangles and ellipses. These shapes can be
                painted with the fill tool in colors and patterns.

                Roads and Railroads
                Lets you create roads and railroads as with the line tool.

                Lets you type labels and other information.

                Erases paint layer.

                    Deletes the previous action.

                    Lets you select colors.

                    Lets you select patterns.

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Answer Key for Find Directions: Classroom
1) left
2) the chalkboard
3) right
4) over
5) two chairs
Apply It! Pictures will vary.

Find Directions on a Map: Hermann Park
1) which direction is north
2) the zoo
3) the Children’s Museum
4) north
5) west
Apply It! Answers will vary.

Follow Routes on a Map: Veterans Day Parade
1) a path between two places
2) Oak Street
3) east
4) west
5) Go north one block, then east one block.
Apply It! Maps will vary.

Read and Compare a History Map: United States, 1776-1850
1) dates
2) territory
3) 1850
4) Michigan Territory
5) how the United States changed over time
Apply It! Maps will vary.

Read a Map: Eagle, Colorado
1) the map key
2) the middle school
3) 4
4) on 5th Street
5) City Hall
Apply It! Maps will vary.
Use a Map Scale: West Virginia
1) the distance between places
2) a ruler
3) 20 miles
4) Morgantown
5) 50 miles
Apply It! Answers will vary.

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Read a Political Map: South America
1) where a country begins and ends
2) Uruguay
3) Brazil
4) Lima
5) Peru
Apply It! Maps will vary.

Read a Political Map: United States
1) where a state or country begins and ends
2) Florida
3) the Atlantic Ocean
4) Salem
5) North Dakota
Apply It! Maps will vary.

Activity Sheets-18
Read a Population Map: Indiana
1) how many people live in different parts of Indiana
2) Fort Wayne
3) green
4) Columbus
5) Vincennes
Apply It! Maps will vary.

Read an Economic Map: Texas
1) the kinds of resources and products found in Texas
2) petroleum
3) in the east
4) petroleum
5) San Antonio
Apply It! Maps will vary.

Use a Map Grid: Painted Canyon
1) find locations
2) B-3
3) Buck Hill
4) B-1
5) B-3

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