The Changing Face of Pennsylvania

Learning About Pennsylvania

The Changing Face of Pennsylvania

This activity involves three parts. The first part participants explore information about Pennsylvania through a variety of maps to define physiographic regions and how the features of each region influenced early settlements and development patterns.

The second part involves examining population trends by county to assess the regional differences in community growth and development. In the third part, participants analyze data to determine population and land development trends. Such information provides a platform for predicting future trends.


  • What are the characteristics of land forms andland cover in Pennsylvania?
  • How do features in the physiographic regions influence community growth and development?
  • How do population trends compare across Pennsylvania?
  • What are some of the past and future trends of growth and development in Pennsylvania?


Optional: small toy vehicles


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