Students will create a layered set of maps of a defined area. They’ll investigate not only the physical layout of the area, but also what makes up the surface features, and how plants and animals have taken advantage of these features and the resources they provide.
By doing so, the students will better understand the complexity of ecosystems, how they may depend on their physical environment, and how changes to that environment may affect the ecosystem.
As part of this project, your students can optionally produce their own base map of the local area. Our friends over at Devonia Media have created a short video to help show you how.