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Activity #2: Natural Geography & Climate
To effectively understand how a region's geography defines agricultural production, students will explore the relationship between natural boundaries such as mountains, rivers, lakes, and valleys that define the regions of New York and the corresponding climatic regions.

Question for discussion: based on the list of maps you created in activity #1, how could farmers use maps to help them plan their crops?

Individually or in small groups explore the following maps and answer the corresponding scaffolding questions. You may wish to prepare one color copy (hard copy or overhead transparency) of each map and have the children color a black and white version to further promote comprehension of the material depicted.