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Map Skills 2 ‘Scales’ To understand how we can measure distances on a map. 1.Explain the terms ‘Scale’ and ‘Scale line’. Scale Line

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Scale Maps have to be drawn smaller than real life to fit on a piece of paper. A scale shows you how much smaller they are than in real life. Measuring distances on a map and then placing them on a scale tells you the real distance between places. Every map should have a scale line.

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What is the length of each individual square? 5 km

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Now you can have a go! You need a strip of paper, a ruler and a pencil. Attempt activities 1 and 2 on page 95 of the Foundations textbook. You have 10 minutes.

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What if the distances are not in a straight line? The same method as before can be applied but you do have to split the route into sections, and turn you strip of paper at each bend.

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Now you can have a go! You need a strip of paper, a ruler and a pencil. Attempt activities 3 and 4 on page 95 of the Foundations textbook. You have 15 minutes. If you have completed both of those congratulations, you can now earn yourself a merit by completing task 5.

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