I am thrilled that my maps are starting to sell on Teachers Pay Teachers. It motivates me to create more beautiful maps. I've uploaded another map that teaches students about watersheds. A watershed, on a small scale, is a distinct area of land the drains into a river. That river flows to a larger river and so on until that water dumps into an ocean. These large areas we call basins.
We west coasters are familiar with the Great Continental Divide that splits North America in two. The Continental Divide creates the southern portion of the BC/Alberta provincial boundary but extends from the Arctic Ocean all the way south to Central America. We have seven basins in North America, one of which doesn't even lead to an ocean: Pacific Ocean Basin, Arctic Ocean Basin, Mississippi River Basin, Great Basin, Atlantic Ocean Basin, St. Lawrence River Basin, and the Hudsons Bay Basin.
Studying the drainage basins can be part of any number of areas of study: How do landforms affect the ability to settle land? What part did rivers make in settling North America? To what extent does the treatment of a watershed affect the areas downstream? How does water quality differ in various parts of a watershed?
Project Based Learning has been mandated by the Ministry of Education. Here's an idea of what this could look like. Divide the class into several small groups assigning a different drainage basin to each group. Have student imagine that they are traveling from the top of the basin to the ocean or outflow (except for the Great Basin which has no outflow). Choosing an area of interest (shelter, food, clothing, Indigenous groups, population density, etc.), students will discover the changes along the way.
Another Project Based Learning Idea could include having students create a map of the European drainage basins to see if drainage basins correlate with political borders. In North America, political boundaries are not dictated by drainage basins, but in Europe, it is more common. Why is this?
This mapping unit includes two maps in letter and tabloid size, with and without legends. There is a mapping assignment page along with a jpeg of a finished map. It's only $2.00US at TPT.