As you were standing at the top of a hill or a mountain, have you ever
asked yourself, How high up am I? Finding out the elevation of a place
would answer this question. Elevation is the height of something like
a mountain or a town in relation to a reference point; usually sea level.
Is it possible for a place to be below sea level? Where is the highest
elevation in the world? What about the lowest?
paper and pencil
number line (optional)
Using the World Wide Web, you will find data on the elevation of ten
different points in the world. You will choose two of these points of
elevation to be your mystery locations. You will create 5 clues for
each point, which another person will use to guess your mystery locations.
1. Visit some of the following websites to find out about different
Master - Lowest Elevations
Master - Highest Elevations
Land Areas and Elevations
- Elevation Extremes
2. Choose ten points of elevation.
Your data should include the following::
*Make sure you record only elevations that
are measured in metres (m).
3. Display your data in a table.
1. Choose two locations from your table.
2. Once both you and your
partner think you have found each other’s mystery location, join
up and find out if you are correct. Discuss with your partner if there
are any possible ways to improve your clues.
3. Make any necessary changes
to your clues.