After completing this chapter, students will be able to:
- create custom maps of Earth;
- create custom maps of other planets and moons;
- specify the center coordinates, geographical extent, and width of maps; and
- save custom maps and insert them into other documents.
Students who are familiar with this powerful mapping tool and its extensive datasets will be able to produce map images for a wide variety of presentations, reports, and other documents. Educators will also find it valuable for producing student handouts. Users can create a range of map images from simple line drawings to data images with overlays.
This activity would be especially valuable in the context of studying planets and moons in our solar system. Creating images of planets at the correct scale relative to another planet also offers a way to embed quantitative skills in student tasks.
The techniques to generate maps might be introduced as a complement to any topic that requires the use of global-scale maps. If introduced early in the school year, students could use the tool and their skills to produce maps that illustrate their assignments. This activity could also be assigned as a homework or extra credit assignment: students could turn in a document with several map images that include descriptions of what the data represent as evidence of their learning.
The following National Science Education Standards are supported by this chapter:
The following U.S. National Geography Standards are supported by this chapter:
1. How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective.
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