Wooden Globe

Mapping the James River

Indoor program (on site or outreach)

Understand the people, places, environment, economics and history of Virginia’s James River using historical maps with two- and three-dimensional mapping activities. Using basic mapping skills and tools, trace Captain John Smith’s exploration of the James River in 1607. Understand how land changes can be traced over time using maps.

  • Students (grades 1 – 3) team-build their own future community on a Richmond regional map.
  • Students (grades 4 – 5) track the John Smith venture up the James River and design a community of the futureon a 3-D map, taking into account past and present land uses.

Program Length: 1 hour

Grades: 1 -5