Lesson Plan

Wet Maps

How do oceanographers make maps under water? Junior explorers discover the technologies and processes involved in creating bathymetric maps in part three of a five-part series designed for fifth- and sixth-grade pupils. The lesson illustrates map-making methods, past and present, and includes an activity about multi-beam mapping.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide some printed bathymetric maps for the class to experience
  • Use the extensions at the end of the guide to enhance the lesson for early finishers
Classroom Considerations
  • Be sure to have colored pencils, rulers, and Plaster of Paris on hand for the activity
  • Requires some prep work in terms of learning about the technologies used to create bathymetric maps
Pros
  • Content is technical but crafted to be very inclusive to younger learners
  • The teacher's guide is loaded with information, links, and printable materials to make the lesson easy to execute
Cons
  • None