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Contour Plates
In this activity, students construct three-dimensional models from terrain information provided by two-dimensional topographic maps. This will allow them to visualize how changes in elevation over a certain distance can be represented on a flat piece of paper that can be folded up and tucked away. Each group is responsible for constructing a model of Mount St. Helens 'before' and 'after', a depression, a stream, and a hill. Discussion questions related to the different representations are also included.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
Technical requirements:
Lesson requires Microsoft Word
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2005, Drew Patrick.
DLESE Catalog ID: NYIC-000-000-000-037
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Drew Patrick
Science Department
Fox Lane High School

Contact: Steve Kluge
No institutional affiliation