Module 1:

After completing the field mapping module, you will be able to:

    • Explain what maps are and how they are useful;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of mapping terminology;
    • Identify different categories of maps and how maps are used in science;
    • Interpret information presented in maps;
    • Discuss how maps are created;
    • Create a field map that can be used with future science lessons.

Upon completing this module, you will have all the information and tools you need to create your own activities and lesson plans. Activities and lessons plans that you can create based on the material covered in this module are also aligned to Montana state educational standards (see below). You can download a complete list of the specific standards covered in this module here: “Field Mapping Standards” (.pdf format).


Standards & Benchmarks in Module 1

Content Standard 1: Students through the inquiry process, demonstrate the ability to design, conduct, evaluate, and communicate the results and form reasonable conclusions of scientific investigations.
Benchmarks: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

Content Standard 3: Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and functions of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.
Benchmarks: 4

Content Standard 4: Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of the composition, structures, processes and interactions of Earth’s systems and other objects in space.
Benchmarks: 1, 2, and 5

Content Standard 5: Students, through the inquiry process, understand how scientific knowledge and technological developments impact communities, cultures and societies.
Benchmarks: 1, 3, and 4

Content Standard 6: Students understand historical developments in science and technology.
Benchmarks: 3

Unless otherwise noted, the benchmarks listed are for the end of grade 4. Download a complete description of benchmarks, grade level expectations and how this module aligns with each here: “Field Mapping Standards” (.pdf format).


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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.