University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mapping the Visitors

Recommended Grade Level(s)

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Primary Subject Area(s)

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Mathematics

Related Artifacts

Activity Description

  1. Map the locations of ten consecutive visitors for ten consecutive days in 1910 using the Hotel Nevada Register. Determine the distance each visitor traveled. What can you infer from this?
  2. Repeat the activity for 1911. Do you notice any differences? Hypothesize why or why not.
  3. Repeat the activity again using the Goldfield Register from 1916. How are your findings similar and different and what interpretations can you make based on these similarities and differences?

Standards Addressed

  1. History
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. H2.4.4: Identify the diverse population of Nevada's early settlers and discuss their unique experiences.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. H1.[6-8].7: Explore the lure of the West and the reality of life on the frontier as it relates to communication, farming and water issues, mining, and ranching.
      2. H1.[6-8].10: Describe the role of farming, railroads, and mining in the settlement of the West.
  2. Geography
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. G5.4.4: Utilize different types of Nevada maps, i.e., population and physical maps, to understand spatial distribution.
      2. G7.4.2: List examples of movements of people, goods, and ideas into and across Nevada.
      3. G7.4.4: Describe historical and current economic issues in Nevada using geographic resources, i.e., illustrate demographic changes due to mining and gaming.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. G5.[6-8].1: Use map elements, including scale, to identify and locate physical and human features in the United States and the world.
      2. G7.[6-8].2: Describe how movements of people, goods, ideas, and resources have affected events and conditions in the past and present.
    3. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. G5.[9-12].3: Apply concepts and models of spatial organization and use quantitative methods to identify and make decisions about geographic information.
  3. Economics
    1. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. E9.[6-8].3: Identify factors that affect producers' decisions to supply goods such as output prices, input prices, and technology.
  4. Mathematics
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. 3.4.1: Estimate and convert units of measure for length, area, and weight within the same measurement system.
      2. 3.4.2: Measure length, area, temperature, and weight to a required degree of accuracy in customary and metric systems.
      3. 4.4.1: Identify, draw, and classify angles, including straight, right, obtuse, and acute.
      4. 5.4.1: Pose questions that can be used to guide the collection of categorical and numerical data.
      5. 5.4.3: Interpret data and make predictions using frequency tables and line plots.
    2. Grade 7 Standards
      1. 4.7.9: Make and test conjectures to explain observed mathematical relationships and to develop logical arguments to justify conclusions.
      2. 5.7.1: Formulate questions that guide the collection of data.
      3. 5.7.2: Interpret graphical representations of data to describe patterns, trends, and data distribution.
      4. 5.7.4: Find the number of permutations possible for an event in mathematical and practical situations.
      5. 5.7.6: Interpolate and extrapolate from data to make predictions for a given set of data.
    3. Grade 12 Standards
      1. 3.12.2: Justify, communicate, and differentiate between precision, error, and tolerance in practical problems.
      2. 3.12.3: Select and use appropriate measurement tools, techniques, and formulas to solve problems in mathematical and practical situations.
      3. 4.12.9: Formulate, evaluate, and justify arguments using inductive and deductive reasoning in mathematical and practical situations.
      4. 5.12.6: Design, construct, analyze, and select an appropriate type of graphical representation to communicate the results of a statistical experiment.

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