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Maps, Models, and More


Turn your paper so that the long sides are at the top and bottom. Write your name on your paper in the top right corner now.

  1. Draw the borders of your map.
    • Measure the base of your 3-D model.
    • Divide the length by 3 to find the length of your map.
    • Divide the width by 3 to find the width of your map.
    • Draw the borders of your map.

  2. Begin mapping.
    • Choose a corner of your map to begin drawing.
    • Find that same corner on your model.
    • Measure the distance between the physical feature in that corner and the edge of your model. Divide by 3. This is how close to the borders of the map your feature should be.
    • Measure the physical feature found on the model in that corner. Divide the dimensions of the feature by 3. Draw the feature in the corner of your map using the smaller measurements. Label the feature on your map.

  3. Continue mapping.
    • Choose a feature next to the one you just drew.
    • Measure the feature and divide by 3.
    • Measure the distance between these two features on the model and divide by 3. Measure the smaller distance on your map and draw the feature. Label the feature.
    • Check the location of the new feature. Measure the distance on the model between the new feature and the two borders of the model. Divide the distances by 3. These are the measurements you should have from the new feature to the borders of your map.

  4. Complete your map. Continue measuring and drawing features until all features on your model are also on your map. Be sure you have labeled everything on your map.

  5. Analyze and color the changes in elevation on your model.
    • Study your model and decide which features are lowest and which are highest. Estimate the approximate elevation of the highest peak. Gauge the elevation of other landforms using that height.
    • Analyze changes in the elevation of single landforms. For instance, how does the elevation of a mountain change as it rises from the base? How will the colors of the mountain change on your map as the elevation rises?
    • Color the elevations of your features with the following color scheme:
      green: sea level to 999 feet
      brown: 1000 to 2999 feet
      yellow: 3000 to 7999 feet
      purple: 8000 feet and higher

  6. Add the title, scale, legend, and compass rose on your map.

  7. Check your work, using these directions as a guide. Have you included everything required? Revise your work if necessary.

  8. Turn in your map.

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