Journey Across the Pacific
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
This activity is an introductory lesson in a 5 module series to learn basic GeoMapApp navigation and data usage skills and soe not require any prior skills or concept mastery. It is recommended that this lesson be completed after Lesson 1, Exploring the Seafloor.
How the activity is situated in the course
This activity is the second in a series of 5 lessons designed to introduce students to the software mapping program GeoMapApp. Lessons 1-3 are intended to build basic skills and cover concepts of seafloor topography, using real world data, seafloor mapping and satellite telemetry. Lessons 4 and 5 build on skills learned in the first 3 lessons and include higher order thinking skills and scientific inquiry.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
- Use the distance profile tool to draw a profile of the Ocean Floor, interpret and describe the variables displayed in the profile (distance traveled and elevation).
- Use GeoMapApp to find and match locations on the map with locations in the distance profile graph.
- Use the Bookmark feature to save a specific map layout in GeoMapApp.
- Change the way data layers are displayed on a map using the shapefiles and the global grid.
- Add contours and use them to interpret slope of the seafloor.
- Understand the difference between one slice of topography, as represented in a distance profile graph, and a larger 3D representation of the seafloor, as shown in a grid.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Determining whether students have met the goals
Teaching materials and tips
- GeoMapApp lesson 2 student version (Acrobat (PDF) 1.9MB Jan8 10)
- GeoMapApp lesson 2 instructor version (Acrobat (PDF) 541kB Jan8 10)