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ERIC Number: ED128288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
Pages: 36
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An Inquiry-Oriented Curriculum in Map Making and Map Interpretation for the Intermediate Grades.
Janeway, W. Whitney
This publication contains class activities and provocative inquiry questions for intermediate-grade teachers to use to involve students in map making and map interpretation. The author believes that the only things that are needed to develop an inquiry-oriented unit on mapping are a good map, a small group of students, and a perceptive teacher who can ask relevant and stimulating questions. In the first activity students study topographic and aerial maps of their home town, road atlases, and physical landform or physiographic maps. They discuss questions, such as "What does the map tell about the river running through town?" and "For what purposes is an aerial photograph better than a topographic map?" In a simulation activity students assume the role of a leader of a wagon train who plans a trail from New York to the west coast. Other activities and questions involve students in decision making, analyzing the differences between maps, drawing maps of their own town and of the United States, collecting resource maps from the local community, and constructing three-dimensional models of cities and parks. The publication also contains a philosophical rationale for the inquiry approach and an annotated listing of mapping resources. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Books
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