Welcome to ...
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!
Places to Know
White Face Mountain
Bodies of Water
St. Lawrence River
Mohawk River (tributary)
New York Bay
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?
(can be replaced)
lakes, rivers, streams
rain, snow, ice
forests, timer/lumber, fruit, nuts, maple syrup
farms, clay, parks