Lesson Planning of Instructions in Maps


Lesson Planning of Following Instructions in Maps in English Language

Grade V

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Apply critical thinking to interact with text using intensive reading strategies (while reading) to:
  • Follow instructions in map or short public notices or signs.


Information for Teachers

  • Students must be encouraged to read any text, pictures, maps or signs carefully to understand the meaning. This will develop their intensive reading skill.

Following Instructions in Maps

  • Simple text relevant to the students` everyday life should be selected e.g. traffic signals, directions, notices about school procedures such as getting a book issued from the library, etc.
  • Maps are drawings of an area as seen from above.
  • Maps have a scale and north arrow.
  • Maps have legends or marks to explain the meaning of different symbols and colors.
  • Maps can be used to navigate.

Following Instructions in Maps

  • While teaching the lesson, consult at all steps wherein and whenever it is applicable.



Worksheet with traffic signs on it, map of Pakistan, compass, writing board, and chalk/marker, textbook


  • Draw the following sign on the writing board or make it on a chart to show.
  • Ask these questions:


  1. Where have you seen this sign?
  2. What does this sign show?


  • (Note: if students have no idea about this, then tell them about it (This is called zebra crossing. This sign shows that all pedestrians on road must cross road on these lines only).
  • Ask the class to share and draw the signs they remember. The student can work in groups to share and draw on pieces of paper. Then groups can show and share with the whole class.
  • Ask: Are the signs in Urdu or English?”  (The possible answer may be as; they are just pictures, not in any language. They are universal I.e. same the world over in every language)



Activity 1

  • Paste on the writing board, a chart of a big cross with directions written on the ends of the lines. See the sample given below.
  • Paste this chart in the real north direction in the classroom.
  • When you have paste it on the writing board with the real direction, ask the students to read the compass.


  • Call a group of four students to the front of the class.
  • Tell them to stand on different positions in the classroom.
  • Stand in the middle of the class with a compass in your hand.
  • Ask one student to raise his/her hand and tell the class about his/her direction, as; North, East, etc.
  • Repeat the activity with more groups of students and then ask the class to tell the directions of others.
  • This will help the students to learn the concept of directions given in the compass.
  • Display the directions poster in the classroom throughout the year.


Activity 2

  • Distribute map of Pakistan, or ask the class to open their Social Studies book on the page which has the map of Pakistan.
  • Ask the class to check for the following: as; rivers, capital city, signs of transport, land, borders, cities, etc.
  • Ask them about the compass.
  • Tell them how to locate cities with the help of compass (directions: as; North, South, East & west).
  • Ask them to tell wherein the Arabian Sea, India, Iran are on the map?
  • Possible answer would be as;


  1. The Arabian Sea is in the south of Pakistan.
  2. India is in East and Iran is in the West of Pakistan. Remind them of what they have studied in Social Studies


  • Help them in reading with the help of the compass.
  • Ask to find which cities are located in different directions of your city/district/province.

Activity 3

  • Make a chart of the signals at the end of this plan.
  • Discuss the signs and their meanings with the students.
  • Ask them to copy in the notebooks.

Activity 4

  • Do the exercises given in the textbook about maps and sign.
  • Write a notice on the writing board: as (Silence)
  • Ask students where this notice is often seen. (e.g. in library, in hospitals)
  • Tell students that we must follow the public notices.
  • Ask students to share a few public notices. They can do so I Urdu language.
  • Tell students the meaning of these notices.
  • Ask students that we must follow these notices.
  • Many people don`t follow. This is against law and makes the place dirty. So we all must follow the notices and signs.

Sum up/Conclusion

  • Conclude the lesson by asking them about other instructions/or public notices that they can recall.
  • Ask them about the importance of correctly/accurately reading instructions written on public notices and maps.


  • Ask them to draw three different signs that they have seen on the roads and explain what they mean.

Follow up

  • Paste a blank chart on a wall in the classroom. Ask the students to observe more signs on road or on TV and draw or add pictures of the new signs on the chart.
  • Ask them to bring and share the maps (given in any book, newspaper, magazine, etc.) from homes. Help them read variety of maps, signs, etc.






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