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Students discuss the major changes that have taken place in the Hudson Valley over the past 400 years. They use aerial photos to describe major trends in Dutchess County. Students view a PowerPoint presentation. They work in small groups to come up with three major changes that have taken place in the Hudson Valley since the arrival of the European settlers.
Students review and evaluate the ways land is covered and used in their local community. They consider the environmental effects of the different types of land use. Students act as community planning engineers to determine where to place a new structure that will have the least affect on the environment.
Learners study multiple land uses and their effects on one another. They assess multiple land uses in National Forests and Grasslands and evaluate the effects of each use on all other uses. They develop a comprehensive list of human activities and land uses permissible on public lands.
Students predict the impact of population density on shelter, transportation, recreation, land use, and social skills and then research that impact on Japan. They write a response about the impact of population density on food production, the cost of housing, and social behavior.
Ninth graders research, gather, and analyze data in order to compare land use in and around their school over a period of time. Students look specifically at mature trees growing within a two block radius of their school and research the historical uses of the land and compare the species of existing trees with those that were removed for settlement.
Young scholars participate in a simulation activity where they must decide whether or not to preserve an untouched forest. During the role play, students attend public hearings, discuss the pros and cons of nature development, create presentations in favor and opposition of the bylaw and have a group discussion. Additional games and activities dealing with land use are included.
Students examine different types of land use by humans and evaluate the ways land is used in their local community. They also consider the environmental effects of the different types of land use. Students assume the role of community planning engineers and will create a future plan for their community. Students write an essay on land use from the viewpoint of a planning engineer.
Middle schoolers comprehend impervious surfaces. They recognize the problems caused by impervous surfaces. Students observe how land use can influence impervious surfaces. They chose four of the seven basic land surface, middle schoolers draw a picture to represent their four choices in each of the areas, and title each area.