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Geography Inquiry

Setting the Stage
Familiarize students with the geography of New York State using this video from PBS Learning Media
Supporting Questions
What are the physical regions of New York State?
Which regions of New York grow the most fruit?
How do maps help us see changes in our communities?
Formative Assessment
Identify the physical regions on a blank map of New York State.
Describe the regions of New York that grow the most fruit and explain why they grow the most fruit.
List the differences between a map of your local community created in the early 1900s and a current Google Earth image of the same location (use the link below for Google Maps).
Explain why geography is important to people and how they live.
Identify the physical features on a map of your local community.
Taking Informed Action
What do you see in the current Google Earth image of your community? Are there any issues you can see from this bird’s-eye view? If so, what might you be able to do about the issue?
Map. Physical Map of New York State, 1912

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_Dn_6

Map Showing Boundaries of Physical Regions of New York State, 1931

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_Dn_64

Map of New York State Showing Fruit Districts, 1913

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_Dn_83

Map of New York State Showing Orchard Fruit Crop in 1919, 1924

New York State Archives, NYSA_A3045-78_Dn_836