Objectives for Elementary School Lesson Plans

The overall objective of these lessons is to have students discover that how humans use the land is dictated by the geology of the land.  To do this, the students will discover the different purposes of the different maps.  The students will compare the Digital Shaded-Relief Map of Pennsylvania and the Land Cover Map to draw conclusions about how geology affects natural cover and human use.

NOTE:  For the purpose of these lessons, the students will be looking at the major groups of colors: Developed, Forested Upland, and the Herbaceous Planted/Cultivated.  Some colors would be a challenge for intermediate students to differentiate on the map, so we will take a simplified view of the classes of land cover.