This interactive lesson combines the history of Civil War mapmakers like Jed Hotchkiss and a General's planning for encampments (Where to put cannons, tents, latrines etc.), with the mathematical calculations it takes to produce such a map. The students will work outside to accurately map an area designated by the teacher using satellite imagery available at www.scribblemaps.com. I use this lesson to introduce the students to scribblemaps, which we use in later lessons to accurately track the route of the Transcontinental Railroad. They then use the satellite imagery as a guide to create their own, to scale, map on graph paper. Included in this bundle is a student edition, teacher edition with extensive notes/standards citations/modifications for different student levels, and a rubric for grading. Approximate lesson time is 90-120 minutes and my students enjoy this project every year as I use it as a portion of my Civil War Camping series of lessons. I hope yours love it as well!
I write the majority of my lessons in Google Docs and tailor them for use in the Google Classroom. Most easily translate into print, sometimes with slight modification b/c of the conversions between Docs and Word. I hope this resource helps. Enjoy!