View PUMAS Example

Contouring and Topo Maps

Twice during college I was taught to do hand contouring. One time in a meteorology class where the class was drawing isobars and isotherms on a weather map. One time in a geology class where we were drawing the topographical contours on an elevation map. I really enjoyed those exercises, but both times I remember thinking, “This is elementary school level.”

Contouring teaches both estimation and spatial visualization skills. To have experience visualizing 3 dimensional fields from a 2 dimensional map helps students throughout their mathematical career. You can’t start too soon, and it is so easy!

Grade Level: Upper Elementary (3-5)
Curriculum Topic Benchmarks: M1.2.1, M1.2.3, M1.2.6, M4.2.13, M5.2.1, M6.2.8
Subject Keywords: Contour, Contouring, Topo maps, Topography, Elevation, Visualization, Map, Landscape, Estimation, 3 dimensions, 3 dimensional

Author(s): Lorraine Remer
PUMAS ID: 12_04_01_1
Date Received: 2001-12-04
Date Revised: 2002-12-18
Date Accepted: 2002-12-20

Example Files

pdf icon View this example (PDF Document, 278.42 KB, opens in new window)
doc icon View this example (Word Document, 176.5 KB)

Activities and Lesson Plans

As yet, no Activities/Lesson Plans have been accepted for this example.

Teachers' Assessment

nav arrowComplete the On-Line Teachers' Assessment Form

Comments

No comments have been posted yet for this example.
nav arrowAdd a Comment

PUMAS Train