Benchmark 12B
Habits of Mind: Computation and Estimation
Grades 6-8, page 291

Estimate distances and travel times from maps and the actual size of objects from scale drawings.

NSES Content Standard A 
Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Grades 5-8, page 148
Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry. Mathematics is essential to asking and answering questions about the natural world. Mathematics can be used to ask questions, to gather, organize and present data, and to structure convincing explanations.