Constructing and Visualizing Topographic Profiles

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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 enables them to verbally express the spatial angles and shapes from multiple views.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a matching game of Lego structures and topography maps for additional practice
  • Show topography maps of a mountain, volcano, and plateau to evaluate if scholars are able to transfer the knowledge
Classroom Considerations

  • Follow all safety precautions with scalpel and contour gauges

  • Includes a section on common misconceptions and possible obstacles in presenting the material
  • Offers extension ideas for ELLs, struggling students, advanced students, and all pupils

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