Twenty Seven Ideas for Teaching With Topographic Maps

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Link to Resource: https://education.usgs.gov/lessons/teachingtopomaps.html
Resource Type:Maps and Visualizations; Teaching Media
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Language:English
Organization:United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Summary:The USGS publishes approximately 57,000 different topographic maps covering the United States. Topographic maps show contour lines (elevation and landforms), hydrography (rivers, lakes, marshes), transportation (roads, trails, railroads, airports), vegetation, boundaries, survey markers, urban areas, buildings, and a variety of other features. These maps are most commonly published at the 1:24,000 scale (7.5 minute quadrangle), although many other map scales exist. Topographic maps are a fantastic teaching resource for educators. They can be used in a variety of ways in the science, math, geography, and history curriculum, from elementary to college level. Use the following ideas as an aid in building educational lessons or to spark your own ideas for using topographic maps in the curriculum.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.B; ESS2.A; ESS2.C; ESS3.C; ESS3.D
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-1; HS-ESS2-3; HS-ESS2-5; HS-ESS3-3; HS-ESS3-5; MS-ESS1-3; MS-ESS2-2; MS-ESS3-3
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Planning and carrying out investigations; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change; Structure and function
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; elementary school; geology; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; maps; middle school
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