As technology becomes more prevalent in our student’s lives, schools are trying to catch up and fill in some gaps in learning with tablets, computers, and other forms of classroom tech. This lesson explores topographic maps, satellite maps, and leads students to make some predictions about how topographic and satellite maps change over time due to weathers and erosion. The app, ‘MyTopo Maps’, allows students to search for various landforms around the world and easily transition from a topographic map view to a satellite map view. It is advisable that you do some kind of hands on activity with the students to what topographic maps are and how they show elevation. I would use the “Topographic Map Lab” activity on my site and squeeze it in between the PowerPoint slides 3 and 4, taking an extra day to explore contour lines and how topographic maps show greater detail than a side view of a landform.
8.9 Earth and space. The student knows that natural events can impact Earth systems. The student is expected to:
(C) interpret topographic maps and satellite views to identify land and erosional features and predict how these features may be reshaped by weathering.
8.3 Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and problem solving to make informed decisions and knows the contributions of relevant scientists. The student is expected to:
(B) use models to represent aspects of the natural world such as an atom, a molecule, space, or a geologic feature;