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These 3-D topographical maps keep students on top of geography — and its terminology!
Show students several contour maps. Be sure to find a map of your area. Notice that mountains are shown by irregular shapes that outline the edges of changes in altitude. These shapes appear to be inside of each other. In reality, if you read the map accurately, you'll realize that they are actually stacked, with each smaller shape placed on top of the larger one beneath it.
Students imagine a place that has hills or mountains, as well as lower areas between them. Perhaps the imaginary location has a stream or a prairie nestled among mountains.
Students use Crayola® Fine Tip Markers to draw a contour map that shows the hills or mountains you imagined. Include at least 10 changes in elevation on the map.
On corrugated cardboard, students draw each of the layers of the area that you mapped. The higher the mountain (or lower the canyon or lake), the more layers will be drawn.
Students cut out the layers with Crayola Scissors. Peel away some of the paper on the corrugated cardboard to create a rough, textural effect. Stack layers in order. Glue them to a larger cardboard base with Crayola School Glue. Lay flat to air dry.
Students use Crayola Gel Markers to color the terrain. Add details such as streams, forests, and rocky gray cliffs.
Students write a description of their Contour Map using all the new words they learned. Display the map and explanation together.
Explore the wonders of ancient Egypt then construct a 3-D pyramid on which to display your findings.
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