Setting the Stage
Familiarize students with the geography of New York State using this video from PBS Learning Media
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?
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?