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Introduction To Topographic Map Activities
Map Reading Activity
Directions
Advanced and Regular Level: 7th - 9th grade



These activities were created as supplemental material for the Introduction to Topographic Maps CD-ROM.

Purpose
  •      Students will develop map-reading skills by working with road maps.
Materials
  •      Paper
  •      Ruler
  •      Pencils
  •      United States Interstate map
Procedure

Obtain a map; observe all of its features, and answer the following questions. Answer the questions in complete sentences.

Questions

1. What is the scale of this map?

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2. How are the National Parks indicated on this map?

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3. What color indicates water?

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4. What is the distance from Houston to Los Angeles? What feature of the map is used to make finding the distance easy?

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5. What is the distance from Houston to Salt Lake City, Utah?

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6. What is the distance from Houston to Portland, Maine?

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7. List all the states that Interstate 10 runs through on this map.

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8. Along which lake is Chicago located? Between what two lakes is the city of Detroit located? To what group of lakes do these belong?

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9. Locate St. Petersburg, Florida and explain what highway runs through the city.

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10. Describe the route you would take to go from Kingwood, Texas to the Big Bend National Park. Name the highways, and figure the number of miles from Houston to Big Bend.

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11. Each lab group will select a national park to travel to. The following information should be included in a chart:
a. The name of the national park

b. The route taken, give highway names and direction headed (east, west, north, south).

c. Add up the total mileage of travel to and from the park.

d. Calculate the time it would take to travel to and from the park if you traveled five hundred miles a day.

e. Calculate the cost of gas if the price of gas was $1.20 per gallon. The car will get 20 miles to the gallon.

f. Calculate the cost of the trip if each person cost fifty dollars a day for food and lodging. Plan on a group of four going on the trip.

g. List the points of interest you will see along your route according to the map. (National Parks, rivers, large mountain systems, etc.)

12. By looking at the back of the U.S. map, list three features of information that aid a traveler.

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©Judy Richeson 7/24/01