Topographical Map

Neha Gupta
2 periods
1. This activity will give students a fair idea to understanding the topography of the place they live in. 2. They will understand how maps & landmarks are used to create a map
Students will be introduced to the concept of landmarks and various categories of topographic mapping which they will apply in creating their own maps
plain paper pencils & rubber crayons

Step1. take the students around the nearest mall or around the block.

Step2. Ask them to keep noting down the directions in which they move when they exit out of the school gate to begin their tour.

Step3. They should also note down the buildings, bridges, ridges, or water bodies they come across during this trip.

. Step 4 When back in classroom,  tell them that they will now draw the road they took from the school gate with all the various topographies they came across on their chart papers and color it.

Step5: Encourage them to find the name of the road, buildings or other topographies that came across their way. They should write in the map against that topography.

Basic information on topographies that can be shared with students:

Topographic maps fall in 3 categories:

  1. Relief Features- Hills, Valleys,Forest & Ridges fall in this category
  2. Water Features– All water bodies like river, lakes, ponds will be part of this
  3. Cultural Feature– Bridges, roads, buildings form this feature
Ask them to find the names of the roads that they are using everyday to reach to school. Or on which road is their school located on as per the map? 2. The reliefs, water bodies or Cultural features that are in their map, find out the local names.
Accurate, Clearly explained, Complete, Knowledgeable, Precise, Coordinated, Well crafted/ articulated, Informative

This activity can be introduced for class 3-6! It will help them grasp the concept of topography very well and make it easy to visualize things at a bigger scale as well.

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