Playground Profiling—Topographic Profile Mapping

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The Kuril islands stretch from Japan to Russia, and the ongoing dispute about their jurisdiction prevents many scientific research studies. Scholars learn to create a topographic profile of a specific area around their schools. Then they read the topographic profile maps of the Kuril islands to better understand that area.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • If possible have different groups use different tools, such as a surveyor's tripod versus a clinometer, to measure the same area and discuss the variation in measurements
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of topography, using similar triangles, and coordinate graphing
  • Prepare the surveying tools and practice using them before handing them to pupils
  • Incorporates science, math, and social studies
  • Offers additional profile maps to create extensions or assessments
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