Using a distance scale to determine the distance between important historical landmarks and capitol cities across the United States
- Liberty Wall Map
- Monumental Measurements Distance Sheet (1 chart per group)
Direct the students’ attention to the “Liberty Wall Map”. Explain that each monument is numbered and that the number is displayed on the map.
Have the students discuss the location of the monuments. Most of the monuments displayed on the map are located in the northeastern portion of the United States. Have the students discuss why so many historical monuments are located in that region.
Discuss the importance of the distance scale. Explain that on this scale each ¾ inch equals 100 miles. Point out that Alaska has a different scale.
Divide students into small groups. Explain that each group will measure the distance from the monument to the city listed.
Distribute yarn, rulers, scissors, and 1 Monumental Measurements distance chart to each group. Students will clip yarn to match the length from the specified monument to the specified city.
Students will take the piece of yarn back to the group and another child will measure the length of the yarn. Students will convert the length into the correct number of miles and record the information on the Monumental Measurements distance chart.
Teachers may assess Monumental Measurements Distance Sheet. Measurements are approximate.