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Using the State Standards: Social Studies, Grade 6

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Geography:

Social Studies:

Standard 3.0 Geography

Students will use geographic concepts and processes to examine the role of culture, technology, and the environment in the location and distribution of human activities and spatial connections throughout time.

Topic

A. Using Geographic Tools

Indicator

  • 1. Use geographic tools to locate places and describe the human and physical characteristics in early world history
Objectives
  1. Use maps to compare geographic locations of civilizations from world history to:
    • Mesopotamia
    • Africa including Egypt
    • Nubia/Kush and Sub-Saharan Africa
    • Indus River Valley
    • Northern China
    • Greeks and Romans
    • Mesoamerican, such as the Incas, Mayans and Aztecs
  2. Use photographs and thematic maps, to identify and describe physical and human characteristics of early civilizations

Topic

B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions

Indicator

  • 1. Examine how physical and human characteristics shape the identity of places and regions and influence the development of civilizations in world history
Objectives
  1. Identify and describe physical characteristics that influenced human settlement
  2. Explain how physical characteristics of a place influenced human activities, such as agriculture, transportation, art and architecture and economic activity in the ancient world
  3. Explain how human perceptions of and interactions with the environment changed over time in due to technologies, such as road building, dam construction, and agricultural improvements

Topic

C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas

Indicator

  • 1. Describe and analyze population growth, migration and settlement patterns in early world history
Objectives
  1. Identify reasons why people migrate, such as economic opportunity, climate, and political reasons
  2. Explain how the development of transportation and communication networks influenced the movement of people, goods and ideas from place to place, such as trade routes in Africa, Asia and Europe, and the spread of Islam
  3. Describe how economic systems and cultural diffusion help to shape patterns of human settlement and interaction

Topic

D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment

Indicator

  • 1. Analyze why and how people modify their natural environment and the impact of those modifications
Objectives
  1. Describe ways people modified their environment to meet their needs, such as cultivating lands, building roads, dams, and aqueducts
  2. Analyze how people in early world history perceived and reacted to environmental concerns, such as flooding, drought, and depletion of natural resources and evaluate the consequences of those actions

Date: 1/27/2015