University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Lay of the Land

Recommended Grade Level(s)

  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Primary Subject Area(s)

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Language Arts

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Activity Description

Surmise what a surveyor does by reading the brown overleaf of this map and then studying the map. Next, see if your guesses were correct by researching surveying. Write a compare/contrast essay between surveying methods then and now and the reasons for surveying in general.

Standards Addressed

  1. Geography
    1. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. G6.[9-12].1: Determine how relationships between humans and the physical environment lead to the development of and connections among places and regions.
      2. G6.[9-12].4: Analyze selected historical issues, demographics, and questions using the geographic concept of regions.
      3. G6.[9-12].5: Explain why places and regions are important to cultural identity and can serve as forces for both unification and fragmentation.
      4. G7.[9-12].7: Analyze how location and distance connect to influence economic systems at local, national, and international levels.
  2. Science
    1. Grades 3-5 Standards
      1. N.5.B.1: Students know that, throughout history, people of diverse cultures have provided scientific knowledge and technologies.
    2. Grades 6-8 Standards
      1. N.8.A.7: Students know there are multiple methods for organizing items and information.
    3. Grades 9-12 Standards
      1. N.12.B.1: Students know science, technology, and society influenced one another in both positive and negative ways.
  3. Language Arts
    1. Grade 4 Standards
      1. 1.4.5: Identify content specific vocabulary in text.
      2. 5.4.1: Explore a topic to plan written work.
      3. 5.4.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details introduction, and conclusion.
      4. 5.4.3: Revise drafts for organization, focused ideas, voice, audience, purpose, relevant details, word choice, and sentence fluency.
      5. 5.4.7: With assistance, select a publishing format appropriate to the audience and purpose.
      6. 6.4.1: Write multiple paragraph papers with a focus on a topic sentence, supporting details, concluding statement, beginning, middle, and end.
      7. 6.4.9: Write research papers by formulating and recording questions, identifying and collecting information, recording information from sources, paraphrasing and summarizing information, organizing collected information, documenting sources.
    2. Grade 7 Standards
      1. 4.7.6: Verify information by referencing other sources.
      2. 5.7.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details, introduction, conclusion, and transitions.
      3. 5.7.7: Prepare legible final draft to display or share.
      4. 6.7.1: With assistance, write essays and compositions that use various organizational structures and stylistic devices.
      5. 6.7.2: Write multiple paragraph papers about experiences and/or events that are appropriate to audience and purpose that include logical sequence, character, setting, plot, dialogue, figurative language, sensory details.
      6. 6.7.5: Write responses that demonstrate an understanding of expository text supported by evidence.
      7. 6.7.9: Write research papers by choosing and narrowing a research topic, locating and collecting information from primary and secondary resources, recording information, paraphrasing and summarizing information, organizing collected information, documenting source.
    3. Grade 12 Standards
      1. 1.12.5: Apply knowledge of content specific vocabulary in text to build comprehension.
      2. 5.12.2: Draft multiple paragraphs on a single topic that address audience, purpose, supporting details, introduction, conclusion, and transitions.
      3. 6.12.1: Write essays and compositions that use various organizational structures and stylistic devices.
      4. 6.12.9: Write research papers by choosing and narrowing a research topic, locating and collecting information from primary and secondary resources recording information, paraphrasing and summarizing information, organizing collected information, documenting source.
 

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