This colorful and detailed PowerPoint and bundle explains the four types of maps: satellite imagery, geographic maps, aerial photography and topographic maps. It discusses longitude, latitude and time zones. A major portion of this PowerPoint is topographic maps and reading scale and relief.
Students will always need mapping skills whether they are reading a paper map of a campground or following their GPS.
There are many different types of maps, but the two main maps that are focused on are geographic maps and topographic maps.
Geographic maps can be very general of the entire Earth or they can be very specific down to a city or neighborhood. Some key skills that are needed for geographic maps are longitude, latitude and scale. All of these will be covered including time zones. Did you know that time zones are based on 15 degrees of longitude? Each degree of longitude represents 4 minutes of time. Thus, 15 degrees times 4 minutes gives us the hour of time in a time zone. Students find this knowledge fascinating even though it is a little hard to grasp.
Another very important map is the topographic map. Contour, contour lines and contour interval will be discussed, as will some very important rules to know while using topographic maps.
Again scale is mention, but also relief, bar scale and map symbols.
A great, and slightly different, topographic map activity, Plahdoh Mountains and Topographic Maps is included in this bundle. Students not only make a mountain to create a topographic map but they use another group's topographic map to recreate a mountain. And who doesn't love playing with Playdoh.
Another great activity is the Road Trip which has students dive into geographic maps to plan a spring break trip for themselves and their friends. Students love the idea of planning a trip that is personal to them, but doing so with a paper road map. A what? Yes, a paper road map. Who knew they still existed.
Included in the Mapping Notes Bundle:
• PowerPoint: Mapping
• PowerPoint Notes Handout: Mapping
• Quiz: Mapping
• Quiz Key: Mapping
NOT INCLUDED, but also available for purchase:
• Crossword: Mapping
• Crossword Key: Mapping
• Playdoh Mountains and Topographic Maps Activity
• Road Trip Activity
• Road Trip Activity Grading Sheet
• Mapping Test
• Mapping Test Answer Sheet
• Mapping Test Key
• Mapping Retest