Piedmont Region

Updated 1/12/10

In Podcast #33 Frank and Alfonso take you on a bike ride through parts of the Piedmont region and explain map skills along the way.  Learn about cardinal directions, landmarks, products, and map symbols; find out about bike routes and bike safety rules; discover an old Ashland train station that has historical significance for the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. Come on, let's go trekkin'!

Virginia has the most miles of U.S. bicycle routes in the nation (838 miles)!  The two bike routes that Alfonso and Frank showed you in this podcast, US Bike Route 1 and US Bike Route 76, were the first official bike routes established in our nation over 20 years ago (Source).  Both of them intersect right there near Ashland... it’s the only place in the nation where they intersect! 

SOL Correlation:

K.4c The student will use simple maps and globes to c) locate land and water features

K.5c The student will develop an awareness that maps and globes c) show the position of objects

1.4a The student will develop map skills by a) recognizing basic map symbols, including references to land, water, cities, and roads;

1.4b The student will develop map skills by b) using cardinal directions on maps;

2.6 The student will develop map skills by constructing simple maps, using title, map legend, and compass rose.

3.6 The student will interpret geographic information from maps, tables, graphs, and charts.

VS.1i The student will develop skills for historical and geographical analysis, including the ability to i) analyze and interpret maps to explain relationships among landforms, water features, climatic characteristics, and historical events.

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