The Real Map of Ireland Map
The Real Map of Ireland shows Ireland's current designated Irish Continental Shelf (November 2009), which is one of the largest seabed territories in Europe.
The continental shelf is the extension of a state's territorial waters where the natural prolongation of its land territory to the outer edge of the continental margin is beyond 200 nautical miles from the coastline baseline. The coastal state exercises sovereign rights over the continental shelf for the purpose of exploring it and exploiting its natural resources, subject to provisions of Part VI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
||A copy of The Real Map of Ireland (PDF 5.7MB) is available to download. This map includes a key showing the Exclusive Economic Zone Divisions.|
Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Maps for Teachers and Students
Through the Geography syllabus teachers can introduce The Real Map of Ireland to students and learn about Ireland's 220 million acre marine resource.The Real Map of Ireland lessons include copies of maps (A4), lessons plans for teachers, worksheets for students and class activities. These can be downloaded in parts as follows:
A2 and/or A3 maps are also available in packs of fifty and can be purchased from the Marine Institute E-store.
Lesson Plans / Worksheets / Activities:
Lesson 1: The Real Map of Ireland: Word Association and Pictures (PDF 64 KB)
Worksheet 1: The Real Map of Ireland: Word Association and Pictures (PDF 58 KB)
Lesson 2: The Real Map of Ireland: Understanding Contours (PDF 34 KB)
Lesson 3: Learning about Longitude and Latitude (PDF 212 KB)
Worksheet 3: Learning about Longitude and Latitude (PDF 21 KB)
Lesson 4: The Real Map of Ireland: Word Jumble (PDF27 KB)
Worksheet 4: The Real Map of Ireland: Word Jumble (PDF 19 KB)
Lesson 5: The Real Map of Ireland: Crossword (PDF 62 KB)
Worksheet 5: The Real Map of Ireland: Crossword (PDF 95 KB)
Lesson 6: Learning about the Seabed Terrain - Making a Seabed Collage (PDF 25 KB)
Worksheet 6: Learning about the Seabed Terrain - Making a Seabed Collage (word doc 240 KB)
Lesson 7: Learning about the Real Map of Ireland, its terrain and the Sea - True or False Questions (PDF 32 KB)
Worksheet 7: Learning about the Real Map of Ireland, its terrain and the Sea - True or False Questions (PDF 23 KB)
Lesson 8: The Real Map of Ireland: Word Search (PDF 229 KB)
Worksheet 8: The Real Map of Ireland: Word Search (PDF 186 KB)
Lesson 9: The Real Map of Ireland: Making a Jigsaw (PDF 25 KB)
Lesson 10: Hot Potato Activity: Questions and Answers Game (PDF 25 KB)
Background information for Teachers:
Creating a marine experience for pupils is an exciting way of bringing the seas, oceans and bays to life inside the classroom through the Social, Environmental and Scientific Education curriculum. The marine environment is an immensely valuable resource and it is important that Ireland is able to research and develop it through science, technology and innovation in a sustainable way. Irish students, schools and communities are encouraged to develop an informed appreciation of Ireland’s land and marine resource so they can take responsibility for its care and development for future generations.
The Real Map of Ireland - Teachers Introduction (PDF 141 KB) can be used to provide information in context of its place, space and environment.
"What would you do with..." illustrations (PDF 1013 KB) provide teachers with an opportunity to introduce and discuss the concept and size of Ireland's marine resource with the class.
The Facts about the Real Map of Ireland and Seas (PDF 37 KB) document provides key information that can used with the lesson plans and work sheets.
If you have any feedback on the Real Map of Ireland lesson plans and worksheets please send the feedback form (PDF 210k) to Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org