In this Mapping Lab, students work in pairs to complete a series of geography challenges that spiral in difficulty. First they label a physical map and a political map of Latin America to learn about the region’s physical and human geography. Then, to answer questions about the region, students simulate the use of geographic information systems (GIS) with thematic maps and transparency overlays. Finally, students follow the steps in the geographic inquiry process (GIP) to interpret a field photograph from the region.
• label physical and political maps of the region.
• identify characteristics of the region’s physical and human geography on a map.
• practice layering geographic information, similar to geographic information systems (GIS).
• apply the steps in the geographic inquiry process (GIP).
Suggested time: About 1 week
Vocabulary: tropical wet and dry, tropical wet, broadleaf evergreen forest, tropical grassland, temperate grassland, desert scrub, commercial farming, subsistence farming, livestock raising, forestry