Does Where You Live Matter?

Does Where You Live Matter?

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Compelling Question- How does where you live matter?

World Topographic Map  (from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration)

Supporting Question 1-What physical features make New York State’s geography diverse?

     Image Map of New York State (from
     Map 3: Winter wild turkey flock survey, 2012 (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation)

     Image 2: Adirondack Mountains, Tirrell Pond, New York; 43.85° N, 74.38 ° W. Public domain. New York State Archives.

     Image 3: Kaaterskill Park, Greene County, New York; 42.10° N, 74.01° W. Public domain. New York State Archives.

     Image 4: Atlantic Ocean, Rocky Point, New York; 40.9536° N, 72.9272° W. Public domain. New York State Archives


     Additional Resources
     Harvest of History, Module 1 (Additional resources for wildlife density, fisheries (lake, river, and ocean), climate, and soil regions) 

     New York Latitude/Longitude Map (from

     Archival images, audio, and video of New York State (from the New York State Archives)


Supporting Question 2- Where in New York State did early Native Americans settle and how did physical features affect their settlements?

     Additional Resources

      Anton Treuer, Karenne Wood, William W. Fitzhugh, et al., Indian Nations of North America. Washington, DC: National Geographic, 2010.

     Eric W. Sanderson, Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2009. (See pages 8, 18, 37–38).


Supporting Question 3-  How did the early Native Americans in New York State interact with their physical environment to meet their needs?

     Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators  (The National Museum of the American Indian)

     Manhatta to Manhattan:Native Americans in Lower Manhattan (The National Museum of the American Indian)

     Haudenosaunee Clothing (
     Haudenosaunee Food and Hunting (Haudenosaunee Confederacy)

     Algonquin Culture (The Center for Algonquin Culture)

     Lenape Culture (LenapeLifeways.or)

     Additional Resources

Information on Haudenosaunee clothing

      Information about Haudenosaunee food and hunting

      Information about Algonquian culture

      Information about Lenape culture