School Library Journal
“The book has many good ideas for teachers to implement.”
Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus, Department of Geography and Earth Science, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
“Mapping and Navigation is written in an exciting manner that children will immediately gravitate toward. I highly recommend this book for any child that is curious about geography, maps, and exploring the world around them. My daughters will certainly be reading it in the near future!”
Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“Mapping and Navigation is a perfect STEM title and a wonderful resource for students in grades 4-7. It encourages students to draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.”
Detailed Book Description
How did we get from 20-foot-long maps to GPS devices small enough to fit in the palm of our hands? How does GPS work and what can it tell us? How do ancient mapmaking techniques used by the Romans and Greeks influence the satellite technologies we use today? The history of mapmaking is full of remarkable characters who charted the unknown with an ever-changing set of tools. In Mapping and Navigation: The History and Science of Finding Your Way, kids ages 9-12 will learn the history and science behind the evolution of mapmaking, and how much is still out there for discovery.
Readers will explore ideas through hands-on experiments while learning new terminology and interesting facts. Projects include using triangulation to measure distances, creating contour lines on a mini-mountain to understand elevation changes on a map, and inventing a sundial and compass to understand the basics of navigation. Whether mapping the solar system or mapping their own backyard, all readers will be able to understand mapping technologies and see the world in new and exciting ways.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Finding Your Way
Explorers Cross the Seas
Mapping New Lands and New Skies
Mapping from Satellites: GPS and Landsat
What Is GIS?
Oceans: The Least Known Surface on Earth
Space: Navigating the Final Frontier