South Carolina Maps and Aerial Photographic Systems (SC MAPS) is a standards-based interdisciplinary middle school curriculum utilizing a diverse collection of aerial photographic and satellite images, maps, transparencies, topographic maps, and computerized special purpose mapping products available through a variety of sources. The map products were carefully chosen to provide different spatial perspectives, in a variety of map scales, featuring unique geological features focusing on the state’s five major landform regions: Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain, and Coastal Zone.
Study sites and activities include: Statewide Overview, Table Rock (Mountains), Lake Jocassee (Energy Production), Forty Acre Rock (Granite Outcropping), Silverstreet (Agriculture), Kings Mountain (Historic Battleground), Columbia (Metropolitan Area), Graniteville (Mining Area), Sugarloaf Mountain (Wildlife Refuge), Savannah River Site (Habitat Restoration), Santee Cooper Project (Engineering & Canals), Congaree Swamp (Pristine Forest), Lake Marion (Limestone Outcropping), Woods Bay (Preserved Area), Charleston (Historic Port), Myrtle Beach (Tourist Area), The ACE Basin (Wildlife & Sea Island Culture), Winyah Bay (Rice Culture), and North Inlet (Hurricanes).
Curious about the types of activities you can do with your students? Take a look at our Teaching Manual.