The book contains directions and basic materials for a series of four hour-long math/science activities on triangulation and making and using clinometers (referred to in the title as "height-o-meters"). Skills include predicting, estimating, making and calibrating scientific instruments, measuring in degrees, graphing, calculating, interpreting data. Math topics include scale, geometry and trigonometry. Themes include systems and interactions, models and simulations, stability, and scale. The book presents scenarios that demonstrate the applications of science and mathematics in real life (e.g. a forest ranger in a lookout tower who sees a plume of smoke in the distance and needs to ascertain the location of the fire). Also includes Recommended for grades 6-12. Published by UC Berkeley. Unused; completely intact with pages that can be photocopied and distributed to students. Highly recommended!
The four lessons are: (1) Making height-o-meters; (2) Calibrating height-o-meters; (3) How high is the flagpole? and (4) Experimenting with height-o-meters. Also includes the following sections: Going Further; Assessment Suggestions; Literature Connections; Summary Outlines.