Me on the Map - A hands-on geography project! 100+ pages - $ - This blog post will walk you through the many great activities included in this download! See how this could be used in your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classroom. Your students will have a much better understanding of their place in the world when you are done!
This resource has a ton of great worksheet games or activities that will increase my students map skills. I would use these as independent practice or a group activity after teaching them the different parts of a map.
Free - Map Adventures, with 7 lessons, is appropriate for grades K-3. Students will learn basic concepts for visualizing objects from different perspectives and how to understand /and use maps. Be sure to grab the free 15 printables here too that go along with these 7 lesson plans. http://egsc.usgs.gov/isb/pubs/teachers-packets/mapadventures/repro.html
This blog contains ideas for teaching map skills, globes, continents, and oceans. Along with this knowledge, students can also learn how to locate their relative location based on the activities. These activities could be used as a reinforcement activity and independent practice.