Lesson:Creating a 3D Model and Corresponding Topographic Map

Author: Wendy Bigler

Area: Earth and Space Sciences

Grade Level: 6-12

Overview: Using a real landform as the basis for the lesson, students will create a three-dimensional model and corresponding topographic map. The lesson stresses spatial cognitive skills and the concept of scale.


Author: Wendy Bigler

National Science Standards:
A: Science as Inquiry
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understandings about scientific inquiry

E. Science and Technology
• Abilities of technological design

G: History and Nature of Science:
• Science as a human endeavor
• Nature of scientific knowledge
• Historical perspectives

National Geography Standards:
The World in Spatial Terms 1. How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective 3. How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on earth’s surface

Lesson Plan(pdf/doc)