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1 Challenge 1: Learning About the Physical Geography of Canada and the United States 170 E Arctic Ocean 10 W W 30 W 1 Mount McKinley 40 W 160 W 150 W Hudson Bay 50 W Canadian Shield Vancouver Island 140 W Rocky Mountains Pacific Ocean Sierra Nevada Colorado River Great Basin Great Plains Mississippi River Great Lakes 60 W Appalachian Mountains Atlantic Ocean N W S E ,000 miles ,000 kilometers Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area projection 130 W 120 W 110 W 100 W 90 W 80 W Teachers Curriculum Institute Canada and the United States 1

2 Challenge 2: Learning About the Human Geography of Canada and the United States 170 E A R C T I C O C E A N 10 W W 30 W 1 Alaska (U.S.) 40 W 160 W Yukon Territory Northwest Territories Nunavut Newfoundland and Labrador 150 W British C A N A D A 50 W Columbia Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Prince Edward Island 140 W P A C I F I C O C E A N N W E S Washington Oregon California Idaho Nevada Utah Arizona Montana North Minnesota Dakota Wisconsin South Dakota Michigan Wyoming Pennsylvania Iowa Nebraska Indiana Ohio Illinois West Virginia Colorado Virginia Kansas Kentucky Missouri North Carolina Tennessee South Oklahoma New Arkansas Carolina Alabama Mexico U N I T E D S T A T E S Mississippi Texas Louisiana Vermont Maine New York Georgia Florida Nova Scotia New Hampshire Massachusetts Rhode Island Connecticut New Jersey Delaware Maryland Washington, D.C. 60 W AT L A N T I C O C E A N ,000 miles ,000 kilometers Lambert Azimuthal Equal-Area projection 130 W 120 W 110 W 100 W 90 W 80 W TCI5 424 GA_ML_LG_02-GCH-2.eps Third proof Teachers Curriculum Institute Canada and the United States 2

3 Challenge 3: Using Geography Skills to Answer Where? Question Circle the thematic map you used. Then answer the question in complete sentences. The northeastern coast of the United States is the largest densely populated area in this region. It includes Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. California is the state that has arid, semiarid, Mediterranean, highlands, and marine west coast climates. Petroleum (oil) is the resource that is most abundant in Texas, Alaska, and Alberta. Texas appears to have the most of this resource. Alaska, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut all have subarctic and tundra climates and include land that is both north and south of the. Temperate grassland is the most common type of vegetation in the central area of southern Canada and the United States. The United States has more land with temperate grasslands. Forestry, trade and manufacturing, commercial farming, and commercial fishing occur along both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of Canada and the United States. Vancouver Island on Canada s west coast has a population density that ranges from under 2 to as many as 250 people per square mile. The Great Lakes (Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario) make up the largest body of fresh water in North America. Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island are entirely covered in forests. They have deciduous forests, mixed forests, and coniferous forests. The Rocky Mountains run through Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas (students may list any ten of these). Teachers Curriculum Institute Canada and the United States 3

4 Challenge 4: Using Geography Skills to Answer Why There? Question 1 Circle the thematic map you used. Then answer the question in complete sentences. Most hydroelectric power in Canada and the United States is produced in Washington, British Columbia, and Quebec. All three states and provinces have rivers where dams can be built to produce power. 2 3 California has several mild climate zones, so it is mostly warm year-round. California also has a variety of economic activities (trade and manufacturing, farming, fishing, and livestock raising). Both factors might attract a large population. Nunavut, on the other hand, is very cold, with subarctic and tundra climates. There is little work for people, since the land is used mainly for hunting and gathering. The least populated area of the continental United States is the Rocky Mountains and Great Basin. This area has a very high elevation, generally over 5,000 feet and sometimes over 10,000 feet. The areas of lower elevation are in a desert scrub vegetation zone, which might not be very habitable. 4 Toronto, with a population of over 4 million people, is Canada s largest city. The city has a fairly mild humid continental climate, which is warmer than much of the rest of Canada. The city is located within a trade and manufacturing area of Canada, which would provide a lot of jobs for people. 5 The farmer likely lives near New Orleans, which has a humid subtropical climate and tropical grassland for growing warm-weather crops like sugarcane. New Orleans is a densely populated city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico, where a person can sail year-round. 6 The person might live in Los Angeles, which matches the description: an urban area of more than 4 million people, and a major trade and manufacturing center, with commercial fishing offshore. The city is surrounded by the Coast Ranges and the Sierra Nevada, with beaches on the Pacific Ocean. The Mediterranean climate makes the area mild with some rain. The vegetation zone is chaparral. Teachers Curriculum Institute Canada and the United States 4

5 Challenge 5: Using Maps to Analyze a Field Photograph Thematic Map Location A (40 north, 74 west) Location B (76 north, 80 west) Location C (60 north, 147 west) Physical Features located on New Jersey coast located on flat coastal plain along the Atlantic Ocean elevation between 0 and 1,000 feet above sea level located on Ellesmere Island located on Baffin Bay, inside the mountainous area, with elevation between 2,001 and 5,000 feet above sea level located near an island in the Gulf of Alaska surrounded by the Alaska Range elevation between 0 and 1,000 feet above sea level Climate Zones located in humid subtropical climate zone located in tundra climate zone located in subarctic climate zone Vegetation Zones located in coniferous forest vegetation zone located in ice cap vegetation zone located in coniferous forest vegetation zone, surrounded by ice cap zone Population Density population density over 250 people per square mile large urban centers nearby (New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.) population density under 2 people per square mile no urban centers nearby population density under 2 people per square mile no urban centers nearby Economic Activity trade and manufacturing commercial fishing along the coast little or no economic activity hunting and gathering petroleum nearby forestry nearby Teachers Curriculum Institute Canada and the United States 5

6 Challenge 5: Using Maps to Analyze a Field Photograph We think the field photograph best matches Location C. Supporting-evidence statements: 1. From the climate zones map, we learned that this location is in a subarctic climate zone. In the field photograph, we see that even though it seems to be a nice day, the man is wearing a sweater, scarf, hat, and gloves. Also there is snow on the mountains. 2. From the vegetation zones map, we learned that this location forests, but surrounded by ice cap. is near an island with coniferous In the field photograph, we see mountains with trees, but also with snow. 3. From the economic activity map, we learned that this location is near petroleum resources. In the field photograph, we see a man holding an oar covered in oil. He appears to be cleaning up an oil spill. The red float is containing the oil-covered water. Outside the float, the water looks clean. 4. From the population density map, we learned that this location has a population density of under 2 people per square mile. Another possible answer: From the physical features map, we learned that this location is near an island with an elevation between 0 and 1,000 feet, surrounded by mountains, near the Gulf of Alaska. In the field photograph, we see no buildings or houses on the land beyond the boat, suggesting that not many people live in this area. Another possible answer: In the field photograph, we see a man in a boat on a large body of water, with low mountains behind him. Teachers Curriculum Institute Canada and the United States 6

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