Learning objects Contours [Flash Player version]

TLF ID L7552

Look at how contour lines are used on maps to represent the shape of landforms. Compare side and top views of geometrical objects such as a cone and a hemisphere. Examine contour lines on a map. Place geometrical objects on a 3D landscape to match the map. Examine geometrical objects on a 3D landscape. Place contours of geometrical objects on a map to match a 3D landscape. This learning object is a combination of three objects in the same series.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students match different views (2D representations) of 3D objects with the 3D objects.
  • Students translate between 2D representations and 3D objects.
Educational value
  • Illustrates how contour lines represent the shape of landforms and geometrical solids.
  • Provides opportunities to construct a landscape of geometrical objects to match a contour map.
  • Provides opportunities to construct a contour map representing a landscape of geometrical objects.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Angles
    • Mathematics/Geometric properties
    • Mathematics/Prisms
    • Mathematics/Symmetry
    • Mathematics/Shape perception
    • Mathematics/Transformations
    • Mathematics/Size and shape
    • Mathematics/Visualisation
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Estimation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Howard Reeves
    • Address: Lindisfarne TAS 7015 Australia
    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC 3130 Australia
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.