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Assignment G:

USING CARTOGRAMS TO MAP POPULATION

due: July 27

Summary

In this lesson, students in groups of 2 will make their own cartograms illustrating the population of their region, or a part of their region (at least 10 political units).

What is a cartogram?

Cartograms are thematic maps used to illustrate some feature other than area. The cartographer keeps the countries in the same shape and

relative location, but the size of each country is changed according to the size of the statistic is for that particular theme.

Materials

1. Graph paper

2. Colored pencils or markers

3. List of population statistics for the countries of your region (listed in the appendix at the back of Building Geographic Literacy).

Procedures


Adapted from a lesson plan by Tim Pelkofer at:
http://ladb.unm.edu/retanet/plans/soc/carto.html
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