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Mapping Skills

For Teachers 6th - 8th
From compasses to Google Earth, these mapping resources will help your students get acquainted with mapping skills both old and new. You'll find resources here about both political and physical maps, and a number of the activities are...
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Multimedia Discovery Missions

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The Multimedia Discovery Missions collection is a series of 13 interactive presentations and activities that introduce young geologists and oceanographers to fundamental concepts involving the Earth’s crust and ocean sea life. Benthos,...
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WindWise Education Curriculum

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Imagine a world powered by wind! The 19 lessons in a curriculum set provide young environmental scientists the information they need to imagine just that. The set begins with a lesson on the difference between forms of energy and...
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Topography

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Hawaii Preparatory Students, Julia and Rachel, teach viewers about topographic maps. They use great visuals and clear narration to help explain topography.
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Contour Map Worksheet #2

For Students 6th - 9th
Following a contour map of a hill, a stream, and the ocean, are five multiple choice questions. Earth science enthusiasts determine elevation, direction of water flow, distance, and steepness. They also match the map to a selection of...
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Predicting Ground Water Flow

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
After background reading on ground and surface water is complete, young hydrologists create a water table contour map. The map displays the elevation of surrounding areas and requires that the cartologists draw contour lines and arrows...
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Ping!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Using "mystery bathymetry" shoeboxes, young explorers simulate sonar action to map out the topography of an un-viewable landscape. This classic activity helps physical oceanography learners understand how sonar works. It would be...
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Compare Topography of Earth and Mars with a Worldwide Telescope

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students compare geography to topography. In this topography instructional activity, students examine the topography of the surfaces of the Earth. Students compare one feature of Earth to one feature of Mars and present in a PowerPoint.
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Geography and Topography, History and Architecture

For Students 6th - 10th
In this social studies lesson plan, students answer short answer questions about the geography, topography, history, and architecture of the east part of the United States. Students complete 24 questions.
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Contour Map Worksheet #4

For Students 7th - 12th
There are only four questions here. There is a contour map of Cottonwood, Colorado and the creek that crosses it. Earth scientists tell in what direction the creek flows, identify the highest elevation on the map, draw a topographic...
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Working With Electronic Topography Maps

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Junior geologists examine topographic maps online and learn how to read them. they answer seven associated follow-up questions. This lesson plan is only a general outline and does not provide the details or the websites that you would...
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Geographic Regions and Backyard Geology with the USGS Tapestry Map

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A beautiful tapestry map of North America is examined by geology masters. The map incorporates the topography and geology of different regions. You can purchase printed copies or a large poster of the map, or if you have a computer lab...
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Contour Map Worksheet #3

For Students 6th - 9th
Earth scientists answer five multiple choice questions about the topographical map atop the worksheet. Use this as a quick assessment of understanding after having taught how to read contour lines and topographic maps. 
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Contour Map Worksheet #1

For Students 6th - 9th
Being able to read a topographic map is a standard in middle school earth science units and imperative for outdoor enthusiasts. As you introduce learners to this skill, you can assign this as an assessment or reinforcement. Pupils view a...
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How Does Diverse topography Effect Life in China?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
This image-rich presentation is intended to accompany a lecture on the topographical features and natural resources of China. Three thinking questions are posed on the first slide, which is followed by maps, satellite images, and...
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Where on Earth?

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders create maps to a secret location on the school grounds for others to follow, study topographical maps, estimate the size and shape of the Earth, explore various formations of the Earth's topography, and give an oral report...
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A Topographical Map of Korea

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students discover the geography of Korea.  In this Asian geography lesson, students research the shape, size, water bodies, and landforms of Korea.  Students create three-dimensional maps of Korea focusing on the topography.
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Exploring Arizona's Biotic Communities Lesson 2: Biotic Communities Vocabulary

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Part of a unit on Arizona's biotic communities, this lesson focuses on the vocabulary to be used. Terms include biodiversity, topography, desert, hybridization, niche, and more! Youngsters will define these words from contextual...
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The New England Fishing Industry:Sea Changes in a Community

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Explore New England's economic and cultural past and possible issues New Englanders will face in the future. Middle and high schoolers research the fishing industry and the need for regulation. They analyze the topography of New England...
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The Geography & Peoples of Europe

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Extremely throrough and informative, this presentation details many aspects of European geography and demographics, including natural resources, climate, topography, and population distribution. This slideshow would be an excellent...
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Constructing and Visualizing Topographic Profiles

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Militaries throughout history have used topography information to plan strategies, yet many pupils today don't understand it. Scholars use Legos and a contour gauge to understand how to construct and visualize topographic profiles. This...
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Windbreakers; Earth Science, Topography, Weather

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students consider how topography affects weather and human activity. Students simulate a mountain range and observe surrounding wind patterns.
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Native Americans and Topography at Rose Bay

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students visit a wetland ecosystem. While they are there, students explore how to read topography maps of Rose Bay.
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Water, Rivers & Topography

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the topography of Idaho and the importance of surface water and drainage. using digital maps, they inspect the courses of major rivers, Yellowstone Hot Spots, and the natural landscaping of Pocatello. Students explore...

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