Grade 2

How Does a Map Show the Relationship Between People and the Environment?

Historians analyze. In this lesson, students will think about how a map can show the relationship between people and the environment. The lesson begins with students learning new vocabulary to support the lesson. They will analyze a natural resource map of Maryland and list the vast resources available. Using historical maps and contemporary images, students will look for evidence of how the growing population of the area has impacted the environment and make observations about the natural resources available over time. Students will use evidence from the maps and photographs to answer the mystery question: “How does a map show the relationship between people and the environment?”

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