Lesson Plan

Topography

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Grade Level:
Third Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
Colonial History, Geography, Landscapes, Revolutionary War
Duration:
2-5 class periods
Group Size:
Up to 24 (4-8 breakout groups)
Setting:
classroom
National/State Standards:
SC: Social Studies 3-1.1, 3-1.2, 3-3.3, 8-2.5
      Science: 3-3.6, 5-3.3, 8-3.9
Keywords:
geography, mapping, topography, topographical maps, American Revolutionary War

Overview

The Battle of Kings Mountain is an excellent example of how landscape and geography can affect the outcome of events. Loyalist battalion of 1,100 men, equipped with the standard issue flintlock muzzle loaders known as the Brown Bess, established their camp on the ridge of Kings Mountain some 150 feet above the surrounding area and awaited the arrival of the enemy.  The Patriot force carrying long rifles approached the mountain from its base.

Objective(s)

-gain an understanding of a topographic map

-demonstrate their basic understanding of how to read a topographic map

-locate Kings Mountain on a map

-calculate the slope of Kings Mountain

-calculate the area of Patrick Ferguson’s camp

-infer reasons for the outcome of the battle

-provide details to support their inferences



Materials

Worksheets

Maps

Quiz

 



Park Connections

Field trips can be taken in which students will have the opportunity to tour the battlefield site and see first hand the topography of the battlefield.



Vocabulary

Appalachian Mountains
geography
topography
topographic map
elevation
contour lines
contour intervals
relief

Inner Coastal Plain
Blue Ridge
Outer Coastal Plain
Coastal Plain
Sand Hills
Piedmont