Preparing a Map  Part 1 

     Prepare an outline map of the area you are investigating.
It may look like one of the shapes below, or be even more irregular.
It doesn't matter. It does not have to be a perfect square or rectangle.

At this time, you will not put any figures on the map.
It will be an outline only.
You will complete the insides of the map at the end of the investigation.
However, do put the dimensions along the sides of the outline map.
Make the map almost the size of the paper.
Use the diagram below as a guide:


1.  Make your measurements using your skills from the Measuring Long Distances activity.  Write the dimensions on the sides of your map.  If streets run along the sides of the area, write the name or number of each street on map also.
2.  Write the scale on your map.  Here's how to do it:
For example, let's say that the dimensions of the area that you've measured are 20 meters by 10 meters.  When you draw your map, add marks along each side that represent meters.  The marks must be equally spaced apart.  For example, the marks could be one centimeter apart.  If the marks that you drew on your map were one centimeter apart, then the scale of your map would be  1 centimeter = 1 meter.  This means that one centimeter on your map is equal to one meter of real distance in the biotic community you're investigating.  Write the scale along the bottom margin of the map paper.  For this example, you would write    1 cm = 1 m

                                                                   53rd Avenue

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                                              Scale:  1cm = 1m

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