Topographic Maps Lab Stations Activity

Topographic Maps Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Topographic Maps Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Read and interpret a topographic map.
2. Draw a topographic map given a set of elevation points.
3. Draw a topographic profile of a land area.
4. Utilize a topographic map to navigate mountainous terrain.

Science Skills Station
Students will read and interpret a topographic map by applying “topographic map rules.” Students will draw a topographic map from a set of elevation points. They will also create a topographic profile between two points on that map.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about topographic maps. They will learn how they are used and what they show. Students will read about how to draw a topographic map and profile as well.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to topographic maps. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will use a topographic map to help three friends make it safely down a mountain. Students will have to apply topographic map rules to plot the easiest way for the friends to make it to a specific destination.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
No additional materials are required.

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 30% with the Mapping Earth Lab Stations Bundle
• Save 35% with the Mapping Earth Unit Bundle
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 45% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
35 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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