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The world of topographic maps comes alive for instructors and students in this NSTA bestseller. Learn the special language of topographic maps—quadrangles, contour lines, and mapping symbols—and apply it to teaching basic map-reading skills. Student activities explore longitude and latitude, the concept of scale, terrain changes, and how to use the maps for environmental studies. One engaging way to have students utilize these skills is to have them create a topographic map of their own schoolyard. Bonus items include an actual topographic map from the U.S. Geological Survey, and a detailed booklet explaining map symbols.
The authors suggest that teachers obtain additional topographic maps to use with the activities in this booklet. Such maps are a must, and they can be obtained free from the U.S Geological Survey, or downloaded from the Internet. Teachers should plan ahead and have extra maps on hand before beginning the instruction sequence.
•Section 1 – Visualizing the Real World from Maps
•Section 2 – Building a 3-D Model
•Section 3 – Understanding Mapping Symbols
•Section 4 – Demonstrating Scale
•Section 5 – Interpreting Contour Lines
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