Grade levels: 7-10

Lesson Objective: The Learner Will Be Able To:
  1. represent increases in elevation using contour lines.
  2. use knowledge of topographic maps to convert from 2 dimensions to 3 dimensions.
  3. work cooperatively in groups, discussing and collaborating.
  • Large topographic maps of the Mount Logan area, mounted on the walls for student use - one per group. (Topo map 115 B and 115 C)
  • Large sheets of tracing paper
  • Pencils and erasers
  • Tape
  • Large sheets of cardboard - you can re-use boxes in good condition, but cardboard must be of uniform thickness.
  • Exacto knives and bases for cutting cardboard on.
  • Glue
Lesson Process:

1. Divide students into groups of five. Hand out assignment sheet below. Ensure that each group has access to enough supplies and is assigned to one wall map.

2. Read through assignment sheet with students to ensure full understanding. Ask if there are any questions. Allow groups to start, and circulate to monitor progress. Stop the class once or twice to debrief group activity: what is working well, what is especially challenging, how are they addressing the challenges within their group, what else do they need.

3. Stop the class a couple of minutes before the bell to debrief again. Ask groups to decide how much more time they will need to complete their task, what other materials they will need, etc. It is important for students to have experience setting goals and making plans.

4. Display the Mount Logan models in a prominent location. Spotlight one particularly well-made model to display somewhere in the school, such as in the office, main lobby, library, or a display case.

Building Mount Logan: Assignment Sheet

In this assignment, you work with a group of students, using the contour lines on the topographic map of Mount Logan on the wall to gather information and build a cardboard model of Mount Logan.

Step One: Assign Roles
For the project, each person will need to sign up for one of the following roles:

1. Map tracer. You will use a pencil to trace each contour line from the map on the wall onto tracing paper, beginning with the lowest and working to the highest.

2. Cutter. You will cut out the contour shapes on the tracing paper and deliver them to the cardboard tracer.

3. Cardboard tracer. You will use a pencil to trace the tracing paper shape onto a sheet of cardboard.

4. Cardboard cutter. You will use the exacto knife and cutting base to cut each contour shape out of the cardboard.

5. Mountain Builder. You will glue each newly cut piece of cardboard onto the base. You must refer to the map to ensure that each piece is glued in the appropriate position, measuring the distance between the contours at key locations.

The skills you well need to focus on here include the following: precision, organization, cooperation, communication, and attention to detail.
Step Two: Begin Project.
As a group, discuss which contour line you feel the project should begin with. Identify any challenges and discuss how you will meet them. Discuss the resources you are using and how you can use them the most efficiently. Each person can then go to their station and the project can begin. Make sure that you communicate often and assume a supportive role.
Step Three: Summarize results
When you finish the project, you must then write a short paragraph summarizing the group experienced. What worked well? What were challenges faced by your group? What happened when those challenges arose? Were people helpful and cooperative, coming up with solutions? What were the solutions? What would you change about the project next time? Hand this in to your teacher with your completed project.