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Zounds! Zoom into live maps of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Zip to Wellington, New Zealand, examine the Zuidersee in the Netherlands, fly over the San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge. Travelers can choose classic, satellite, or hybrid map formats to view familiar or exotic sites or to chart a trip.
Students study maps of New Mexico examining settlement patterns over time and the location of water sources. They research the history of their community and discover how cultural groups interacted, adapted to their physical environments, and allocated water for their needs. Finally they construct a three-dimensional clay model of land forms in their community.
Young scholars identify the differences between maps and globes. In this map skills activity, students are shown a globe and a map and recognize the differences. Young scholars use post-it notes to locate several locations on the world map, such as the Equator and the continents.
Students investigate topography and contour lines by examining a human face. In this mapping lesson, students create a plaster cast of a face and create a map of the contours of the face one centimeter at a time. Students examine the steepest and flattest parts of the map as though it were a topographical map of a mountain.
Students develop their map skills while creating a 3 dimensional map. In this map skills lesson, students gather specific materials to create their 3 dimensional map. Students gather cardboard, newspaper, white craft glue, and non-toxic paint for their project. Students are encouraged to include a small mountain range with a river and some fields.