Offers a variety of investigations, activities, and projects explaining how humans discovered Earth's position in the universe, and how we can find our own location using maps, compasses, the sun, and the stars.
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Gr. 8^-12. Gardner offers a wealth of hands-on techniques to explore geographic themes. Earth's shape and motion, distances and directions, maps, orienteering, and other related topics provide him with material for 45 investigations, projects, and activities. In the investigations, students perform open-ended tasks and experiments to test, for example, principles of Earth's rotation and revolution. Projects are shorter--often math problems that students are directed to reason out on their own. The activities typically have students make models (of a Foucault pendulum, for example) or perform field work to test geographic concepts. None of the model building is so complex as to be impractical, and all suggestions are accompanied by clear illustrations and instructions. An engaging, accessible narrative unifies the book from beginning to end. Students may find the suggestions helpful for class projects and fairs. Earth science and geography teachers, especially, will find the book useful. Glossary; geographic resources; black-and-white photos and other illustrations. Anne O'MalleyFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 7 Up. Gardner begins with a brief description of how he became lost while riding his bike in Cape Cod. This experience led him to think about how people learned to find their way around. What follows is a thorough account of how, through the centuries, humankind learned the shape of the Earth, how to map it, and how to navigate. Interspersed throughout are many "investigations" in which the author presents various activities (ranging in complexity from simple to difficult) to illustrate the topic. Sections on such skills as topographical map reading and orienteering are included. The book ends with a discussion of the modern tools used in navigation, which include satellite and computer technology. The illustrations are mostly charts and graphs with a few black-and-white photos thrown in. Most of the information is covered in a variety of books; this one offers the advantage of presenting it all in one source. It should be particularly helpful for reports.?Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Public Library, IL
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Book Description Franklin Watts, 1996. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0531112977