Lesson Plan Title : Mapping Santa's Property

Age Range: Grade 6 through grade 8 (Middle School)

Overview and Purpose: This activity allows students to practice their map drawing skills while using their imagination. There is no right or wrong answer as students create a map of Santa's home, workshops, and barns.

Objective: The student will be able to draw a map showing how they envision Santa's property to look.


Blank grid paper


Have students brainstorm a list of all the buildings they think would be on Santa's property. Remind them to include housing for the elves, silos to store the grain for the reindeer, and a garage to fix broken machines.

Have them create a map showing how all of these buildings would be laid out. How close would the house be to the workshop? How about to the barns? Have students create a legend for their map.

Wrap Up:

More advanced students may be able to draw the map to scale. Consider taking some class time to make a 3D rendering of the property.