Geography, Humans, and Environment
2nd Grade Geography, Humans, and Environment Inquiry

How Do We Shape Our Environment?
Download the Entire Inquiry Here
 

Staging the Inquiry: View a time-lapse video of the growth of a city and observe the changes that occur while discussing the potential impact of these changes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBG5VGMoAlM

Supporting Question 1- How do we modify our environment over time?

  • Source A: Image bank: New York City in 1609 versus 2009.The two images below illustrate the change in the New York City landscape over time. The left-side image is an recreation of what the right-side photograph likely looked like in 1609.
    New York City in 1609 and 2009

Supporting Question 2- How do we use land in different ways to shape our community?

  • Source A: Image bank: Various uses of land
    • Image 1:  Residential use of land in a rural area.
       iStock © cindygoff.
  • Image 2:  Residential use of land in an urban area.
      © Jorge Salcedo/ Shutterstock.com.
  • Image 3:  Commercial use of land in a suburban area.
     iStock © slobo.
  • Image 4:  Industrial use of land in an urban area.
     iStock © akiyoko.
  • Image 5: Recreational use of land in a suburban area.
  • Source B: Google Maps
    Map data ©2015 Google.

 

Supporting Question 3- How does our use of land improve or harm our community?

  • Source A: Image bank: Historic and current images of the Tappan Zee Bridge
          Image 1:  Pilings for the bridge.

      Courtesy Westchester County Historical Society.



             Image 2: Supporting piers for the bridge.
      Courtesy Westchester County Historical Society.

                  Image 3:  Framework for the bridge.
      Courtesy Westchester County Historical Society.


            Image 4:  Completed bridge.
      iStock © amlphoto.

 

Supporting Question 4- How has a local development improved or harmed our community?

  • Source A: Teacher- and student-generated sources on a local community-development project.Teachers and their students generate sources around a community project (e.g., the development of a new park, a new housing project, demolition of an old factory) of local origin