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Modeling and Mapping Topography Classroom Activity Kit for Earth science is a three-part activity that will give you a better sense of direction in three dimensions.

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Give students a better sense of direction in three dimensions with this exploration of topography-related concepts. In this three-part activity, students will investigate how elevation and landforms are represented on contour-relief maps. 

Kit activities include:
• Identifying common topographic map symbols
• Analyzing a topographic map
• Building a 3-D contour model

Complete for 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions
HS-ESS2.B: Plate Tectonics and Large-Scale System Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models