Unit 1: A Place Called New York

Unit 1: A Place Called New York

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A Place Called New York

In this unit, we will cover two chapters. In Chapter One, we will learn about about the geography of New York State. We will review important map and globe skills. Then we will explore the land and physical features including the water bodies of our state. We will discuss our climate and how the weather and temperature affect our lives year round. We will learn to how to read and use elevation maps.
 
Next, in Chapter Two, we will discover our state's environment and natural resources. We will compare and contrast renewable and nonrenewable resources. We will discover why human resources are important in New York, as well. We will have conversations about how citizens need to make decisions, set goals, and develop programs to make our communities better. We will discuss ways to conserve and talk about why the conservation of our natural resources is essential for the sustainability of our natural environment. We will discuss how all of New York State's resources make our lives comfortable, create jobs, and keep our economy strong.
 
Finally, we will apply our learning to a special research and computer technology project! As we discover the regions across the USA, we will learn about the regions of New York State! Each region has its own variety of landforms, water bodies, natural resources, communities, historical landmarks and other points of interest. You may have visited some of these regions this past summer! Through research in the library, we will create our own digital travel brochure... a slide show for the different regions in New York. We will try to promote the regions as an  travel destination! Details about the project will be provided at another time. For now, let's get started with some background knowledge of our great State of New York!

Key Vocabulary
geography
landforms
plains
border
plateau
valley
mountain
hill
moraine
drumlin
elevation
till
Ice Age
glacier
lake river
transportation
source
tributary
mouth

ocean

bay
coast
harbor - port
weather
climate
temperature
precipitation
hurricane
blizzard
tornado
severe weather
Places to Know
Mountains

Catskills


Adirondack

White Face Mountain

Taconic


Bodies of Water


Lake Erie


Lake Ontario


Finger Lakes


Lake Champlain


Lake Otsego


Hudson River


Genesee River


Niagara River


St. Lawrence River


Susquehanna River


Mohawk River (tributary)


New York Bay


Niagara Falls


Erie Canal

Atlantic Ocean

 
What does environment mean?
What is the environment of New York State like in our area?
How do the seasons affect our environment?
What are some of the natural resources in New York State?
What is does sustainable or sustainability mean?

What is the population of New York?
What is an economy?
How do our natural resources create jobs and boost our economy?
What kind of work did Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble do in a rock quarry?
Why is this type of work important to communities?
What is fertilizer and what are the pros and cons of using it?
What is hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and what are the pros and cons?


Renewable

(can be replaced)

water

lakes, rivers, streams

rain, snow, ice

ports, fish

trees

forests, timer/lumber, fruit, nuts, maple syrup

soil

farms, clay, parks

biofuels


air/wind power/energy


solar power/energy


Nonrenewable

(can't be replaced)


oil and natural gas (fossil fuels)

coal (fossil fuel)

metals

rocks

minerals

*drilling, fracking, mining

Other

Animal Population

Human Population

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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