Students explore the concepts of angles; contour maps; geometric perspective; grids; prisms; shapes; symmetry; transformations; 2D and 3D environments and visual perception. Students are introduced to the idea of contour lines representing a shape of artificial landforms, in this case geometrical solids.

Teacher notes

  • The Contour series has been republished to use Flash M
  • Students are shown how different shapes have different contour line patterns.
  • Students match 'landforms' and their contour representations then position them correctly to create a corresponding map.
  • Students can choose between 2 and 6 objects to map.
  • They are able to check the choice and placement of each object as they work.

Learning objects

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Contours: about contours
Students are introduced to the concept of contour lines. Students select different landscape shapes to view contours from a top or side view.

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Contours: mystery shapes
Students create a contour map by interpreting a given landscape scene of 3D objects. They interpret this scene and create a corresponding contour map by selecting from a number of given contours and placing them in the correct locations on their map.
Students are able to rotate the scene to better view the objects.

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Contours: loony landscapes
Students create a 3D landscape by interpreting a given contour map. Students view a random scene of contour outlines on a plane then create a 3D view by selecting from a number of objects and locating them so they are consistent with the contour map.

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Contours
This is an aggregated learning object combining the three other learning objects.