# ALEX Lesson Plan

## Mapping the Mountains

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 Author: Kathy Perkins System: Tuscaloosa City School: Tuscaloosa City Board Of Education The event this resource created for: ASTA
General Lesson Information
 Lesson Plan ID: 34672 Title: Mapping the Mountains Overview/Annotation: Students will describe features shown on topographic maps as they plan a route for a bicycle race around the school neighborhood.  First, they will create clay mountains and learn how to make topographic maps of their landforms.  Then they will interpret topographic maps made by other students in the class to match each mountain to its map.  Finally, they will use topographic maps of the school campus to plan an exciting but safe bike race route.This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
Associated Standards and Objectives
Content Standard(s):
 Science SC2015 (2015) Grade: 4 16 ) Describe patterns of Earth's features on land and in the ocean using data from maps (e.g., topographic maps of Earth's land and ocean floor; maps of locations of mountains, continental boundaries, volcanoes, and earthquakes). Unpacked Content Scientific And Engineering Practices:Analyzing and Interpreting DataCrosscutting Concepts: PatternsDisciplinary Core Idea: Earth's SystemsEvidence Of Student Attainment:Students: Describe patterns of Earth's features on land using data from maps. Describe patterns of Earth's features in the ocean using data from maps.Teacher Vocabulary:patterns data structures features topographical continental boundaries deep ocean trench ocean floor volcanoes mountains earthquakesKnowledge:Students know: Locations of mountain ranges, deep ocean trenches, ocean floor structures, earthquakes, and volcanoes occur in patterns. Volcanoes and earthquakes occur in bands that are often along the boundaries between continents and oceans. Major mountain chains form inside continents or near their edges.Skills:Students are able to: Organize data using graphical displays from maps of Earth's features. Articulate patterns that can be used as evidence to describe Earth's features on land and in the ocean using maps. Use logical reasoning based on the organized data to make sense of and describe the patterns in Earth's features.Understanding:Students understand that: Earth's features occur in patterns.AMSTI Resources:AMSTI Module: Water and Landforms Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: SCI.AAS.4.16- Use a map key to identify land and water features on a map.

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Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will:

• describe landforms and maps using the terms elevation, steep, gradual slope, topographic, and contour line.
• create and map a model of a mountain.
• analyze topographic maps of the school neighborhood to design a bike race route.