Mental Mapping

Subgroup Size

Small Group


45 minutes

External Cost


Lesson Plan


Activity developed by Dr. Nathan Swanson, Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow, Honors College and International Programs, Purdue University


This tool is adapted from a classroom activity widely used in introductory human geography classes.


Adaptation for the virtual context is also available (see downloads).

As a result of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Identify spaces and places important in their daily lives. 2. Compare and contrast their experiences of a single space with others who are different from them. 3. Appreciate the role of social differentiation and power in everyday experiences. 4. Recognize how their culture and identity influence how they see and use spaces.