4th Grade Geography Inquiry

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Supporting Question 2

Supporting Question

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

Formative Performance Task

Using all available maps, complete a graphic organizer that categorizes the opportunities and constraints of physical features that affected Native American settlement

Featured Sources

Source A: Haudenosaunee and Algonquian settlement map

Source B: Topographic map of New York State

Conceptual Understandings

(4.1a) Physical and thematic maps can be used to explore New York State’s diverse geography.

(4.2a) Geographic factors often influenced locations of early settlements. People made use of the resources and the lands around them to meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter.

Content Specifications

Students will be able to identify and map New York State’s major physical features, including mountains, plateaus, rivers, lakes, and large bodies of water, such as the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound.

Students will examine the locations of early Native American groups in relation to geographic features, noting how certain physical features are more likely to support settlement and larger populations.

Social Studies Practices

Gathering, Using, and Interpreting Evidence

Comparison and Contextualization

Geographic Reasoning

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