What Can You See From Up There? Determining Visibility From The Top of Tall Structures

Lesson Plan Content
In this lesson, students will learn about well-known cultural landmarks, their locations, and their dimensions. Using the height (which will be referred to as altitude for this lesson) students will calculate the distance they would be able to see from that height under pristine atmospheric conditions. Students will practice working with a mathematical formula, find square roots (or use a square root retrieval), and multiply while also finding locations of some famous world landmarks on a map.
Barbara Martin
Grade Range: 
1-2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
4: The physical and human characteristics of places