Map Reading

Q: I am coaching 4th grade map reading. What region of the world should the students focus on in terms of learning the places?
A: The 4th graders should focus on US related political and topographical maps.

Map Reading

Q: I am coaching 4th-grade map reading. I had a question regarding the kind of ruler the kids will be provided for the competition – will it be a standard 12-inch ruler with 1/8th of an inch as the smallest interval or would they be given an Engineer’s ruler with 0.1 inches as the minimum interval? What degree of accuracy would you expect in the answers?
A: I will be providing a standard 12-inch ruler with 1/8th inch as the smallest interval. The degree of accuracy expected will be provided in the question (e.g. Find the distance to the nearest 100 meters). Please make sure that they listen to the instructions at the start of the test.
Q: In the past, the story woven through the questions have been too detailed and time-consuming. Students got bogged down in following it and didn’t have enough time to get through and answer all questions. Will the format be the same as in the past?
A: Yes, the format will be the same as in the past. The reason is that if the kids are going to move on to the middle and high school levels, the event Road Scholars has a story problem format. I just want to prepare them/show them how the questions might be (albeit the questions being much easier in Map Reading). The key is to not read too heavily into the story and to just focus on the question and the details around it to solve it.

Map Reading

Q: I saw that 3rd-graders will need to list what map they used in addition to answering the question. What if it is an answer that they know without using a map? Will they have to list the map that the answer would be on, or will there be another code they could use to show that it was just an answer they know.

A:In order to receive the 1 point for the map question they will need to list which map was used.

Map Reading

Q: I am coaching Map reading for 3rd graders.

The event description says ” Each 3rd grade team will receive 1 point for choosing the correct map and 4 points for a correct specific answer. “.
Do they have to write which map they used in the answer or is it implied from their answer ?

A: They would have to write the map number, which is at the top of the map.

Map Reading

Q1:  Do second graders need to know longitude and latitude? What about topography?
A1: Second grade does need to know longitude and latitude, but they do not need to know topography.
Q2:  I am coaching map reading for 3rd grade and have a question. When using scale to calculate distance, how exact do kids need to measure on the ruler? Is it to the nearest 1/2 inch, 1/4 inch, etc? I’m trying to figure out how to help my kids translate that into the scale. (I.e. If 1 inch = 400 miles, then every 1/4 inch is 100 miles). Thanks for any direction you can offer.

A2: For the third grade question, the kids need to measure as close as they can. I will give the kids points for having the correct answer if they are within close range of the answer.