## Maps – CBSE Notes for Class 6 Social

Facts that Matter:

• A map is a representation or a drawing of the earth’s surface or a part of it drawn on a flat surface according to a scale.
• Maps are of different typesâ€”physical maps, political maps and thematic maps.
• Physical maps show natural features of the earth, political maps show cities, towns, countries etc. with their boundaries and thematic maps focus on some particular information such as maps showing distribution of population.
• The three components of maps are distance, direction and symbol.
• A scale is needed to represent a small distance on paper for a large distance on the ground. Thus, scale is the ratio between the actual distance on the ground and the distance shown on the map.
• A small scale map is used to show large areas like continents or countries on a paper.
• A large scale map is used to show a small area like village or town on a paper.
• There are four major directionsâ€”North, South, East and West, known as cardinal points.
• There are four intermediate directionsâ€”north-east (NE), south-east (SE), south-west (SW) and north-west (NW).
• Symbols are used to show features like buildings, roads, bridges, etc. on the map. By using symbols we make the map very informative.
• Maps have a universal language. There is an international agreement regarding the use of these symbols. These are called conventional symbols.
• A sketch map is a rough drawing without scale.
• A plan is a drawing of a small area on a large scale.

Words that Matter:

• Map: It is a representation or a drawing of the earth’s surface or a part of it drawn on a flat surface according to a scale.
• Scale: It is the ratio between the actual distance on the ground and the distance shown on the map.
• Cardinal points:  The four directionsâ€”North, South, East and Westâ€”are called cardinal points.
• Symbols: To represent buildings, roads, bridges, etc. on the map we use symbols. These symbols are of universal significance.
• Sketch: A sketch is a drawing mainly based on memory and spot observation and not to scale.
• Plan: A plan is a drawing of a small area on a large scale.