Create 3D Map Model

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Making a 3D map in the classroom involves students’ senses in a more efficient way and can help support lessons about geographical features. It also helps students create a theoretical leap from topographic maps to the landscapes they embody. Tangible learners will particularly benefit from the opportunity to alter abstract presentations of a part back onto a 3D model. There are different ways to create a 3D map model. For instance, maps made of foam craft can help students create the mental alteration from topographic landscapes to 3D maps.


Give every student with an easy topographic map to change into a foam map. Students can follow the contour line into craft foam. Cut out the foam pieces and attach them together, in ascending order, to make a 3D model of the part showed on the map. Paper-Mache map is another affordable material that teachers or students can utilize to make 3D maps. Make an easy paste by blending one half water and flour. Absorb newspaper strips in the paste and then layer them on a frame made of cardboard, disposable object such as plastic bottle or chicken wire. Paper-Mache is good for representing especially the rough feature of geographic shapes such as flood plains or volcanoes.