Mapping the Shape of Everest

With Mount Everest as the motivator, your earth science class learns about topographic maps. Begin by showing a film clip from The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest, featuring fearsome virtual imagery of a path up world's tallest peak. Set up a large classroom demonstration by draping a sheet over a tall basket and using yarn to mark contour lines. Photograph the model from the top and then display it to show how a two-dimensional image can represent the topography. Finally, have the class examine a map of Mount Everest and answer questions on a worksheet. This lesson really helps learners to make the connection between contour lines and topography. Ideally, you would follow the lesson with a hands-on activity in which pairs work together to draw topographic maps.

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Grade
4th - 6th
Subjects
Earth Science
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Duration
1 hr
Instructional Strategy
Demonstration
Technology
Projection
Year
2010
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