SAMPLE ACTIVITY USING SC MAPS
INQUIRY ACTIVITY - 8th GRADE SCIENCE
based on a classroom activity presented by Paul D'Annibale
MATERIALS NEEDED: (SC MAPS Study Site #2A)
Table Rock Topographic Map
Table Rock Lithograph
TIME REQUIRED: one 50-minute period - divide students
into groups of four or five.
STANDARDS ADDRESSED: (8th Grade Standards)
Science I.A.7.c. "Interpret and describe patterns of data on drawings, .
. . , graphs, and maps."
Science III.B.3.l. "Identify and interpret geological features using. . aerial
photography and. . maps."
Math (measurement) II.F.1. "Use measurements and formulas to solve real-world
. . . problems."
STUDENT HANDOUT PAGE:
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Introduction: Table Rock Mountain is located in Pickens County,
SC and is part of the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain range.
Its predominant rock type is the metamorphic rock gneiss.
Problem: An aerial photo was taken of Table Rock State Park.
However, we are unable to identify the major features in the
photograph because they are not labeled. How would you suggest we go
about locating major features on this aerial photograph?
Write a brief Hypothesis that addresses this problem and suggests a way
to solve it:
1. Find and mark (with a wipe-off
pen) the following locations on the topographic map:
Table Rock Restaurant b. Pinnacle Mountain
c. Slicking Falls d. Table Rock Mountain
2. Locate and mark the same four major locations (from
Question 1) on the aerial photograph.
3. Calculate the topographic relief of Table Rock Mountain
using the Table Rock Reservoir as the lowest elevation and the mountain top
as the highest elevation.
4. Determine the contour interval of the topographic map.
5. Calculate the slope of the north face of Table Rock
Mountain. Use the following equation:
Slope = difference in elevation between two points on
horizontal distance between the two points on the map
6. What do you think the different colors on the aerial
Review your Hypothesis and write a general Conclusion:
Bonus: What is the approximate latitude
and longitude designation for Table Rock Restaurant?