How Do I Get There?
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Grade: 8th Grade
Class: Science, Earth Science
Author: Melanie Stevens
NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 1: Analysis, Inquiry and Design
Standard 4: Science
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

MST Standard 1 Analysis, Inquiry and Design

Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

Performance Indicators:   

  • -Apply a variety of reasoning strategies
  • -Estimate, make, and use measurements in real-world situations
  • -Use concrete materials and diagrams to describe the operation of real world processes and systems

Standard 4: Science Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

-Explain how individual choices and societal actions can contribute to improving the environment

Keywords: maps, orienteering
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How did the first settlers of the Adirondack mountains survey the land and map the roads and trails?
The Challenge:

In groups of four, you will acquire mapping skills through the exploration and development of an orienteering course.  With the use of a compass, create a topographic map and a set of directions for another group to follow.

Produced at the 2008 Adirondack Geography Institute

Quality Standards:

* Course must include: cross a body of water, 5 slope changes, 10 check points

* Map must include: Title, Legend, Contour lines at Standard interval, labels, scales, colors, date, compass rate.

* Accuracy:  Students are able to follow the course.

*Completeness:  Neat and on Time

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Course must include:

  • cross a body of water
  • 5 slope changes
  • 10 check points


Map must include:

  • Title
  • Legend
  • Contour lines at standard interval
  • Labels
  • Scale
  • Color
  • Date
  • Compass Rose



  • Student group is able to follow course



  • Neat
  • On time


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