State Standards - Social Studies

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Standard 3.0 Geography: Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities. Standard 3.0 Geography: Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities. Standard 3.0 Geography: Students will use geographic concepts and processes to understand location and its relationship to human activities.
A. Using Geographic Tools A. Using Geographic Tools A. Using Geographic Tools
1. Use geographic tools to locate and describe places on Earth
1. Use geographic tools to locate and describe places on Earth
1. Use geographic tools to locate and construct meaning about places on Earth
a. Locate the continents and oceans using maps and a globe
a. Identify the purpose and use of a globe and a variety of maps and atlases, such as school maps, neighborhood maps and simple atlases
a. Describe the purposes of a variety of maps and atlases, such as transportation maps, physical maps, and political maps
b. Use photographs and pictures to describe a place
b. Identify and use map elements, such as title, compass rose, simple grid system, legend/key, date, and author to interpret a map
b. Construct and interpret maps by using elements, such as title, compass rose, simple grid system, scale, legend/key, date, and author
c. Identify a place using bird's eye view
c. Identify the equator, poles, seven continents, four oceans, and countries on a map and globe
c. Identify the location of communities, major cities in Maryland, United States and the world using a globe, maps, and atlases
d. Define map elements as parts of a map that make it easy to use
d. Describe a place using bird's eye view, and satellite images, photographs, and pictures
 
e. Describe where places are located on a map using relative distance and direction, such as near-far, above-below and cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west)
   
B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions B. Geographic Characteristics of Places and Regions
1. Describe places in the environment using geographic characteristics
1. Classify places and regions in an environment using geographic characteristics
1. Compare places and regions around the world using geographic characteristics
a. Identify and describe physical characteristics of a place (physical features, climate, vegetation and animal life)
a. Identify natural/physical features and human-made features using maps and photographs
a. Compare places and regions using geographic features
b. Identify human characteristics of a place (human-made features, language, political system, how people make a living)
b. Describe and classify regions using climate, vegetation, animal life, and natural/physical features
b. Identify natural/physical and human-made features of places and regions
c. Describe places by how people make a living and where they live
c. Classify places as rural and urban
c. Describe population distribution of places and regions such as rural and urban
  d. Describe how geographic characteristics determine choices, such as climate guides decisions about food, clothing, and shelter
d. Describe how geographic characteristics of places and regions change over time and influence the way people live and work
C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas C. Movement of People, Goods and Ideas
1. Explain how transportation and communication link people and places by the movement of goods, messages, and people
1. Explain how transportation and communication link places by the movement of people, goods, and ideas
1. Describe how transportation and communication networks link places through the movement of people, goods, and ideas
a. Identify how transportation links people and goods between places
a. Compare types of transportation used to move goods and people today and long ago
a. Explain how transportation and communication networks connect places, people, and ideas
b. Explain how communication links people and messages between places
b. Compare ways people communicate ideas today and long ago
b. Identify reasons for the movement of people from one community or region to another
D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment D. Modifying and Adapting to the Environment
1. Explain how people modify, protect, and adapt to their environment
1. Explain how people modify, protect, and adapt to their environment
1. Explain how people modify, protect and adapt to their environment
a. Describe how people in a community modify their environment to meet changing needs for shelter, such as clearing land for a housing community
a. Describe ways, such as clearing trees and farming land, that people modify their environment and the impact of those modifications
a. Describe how people in a community modify their environment to meet changing needs for transportation, shelter and making a living
b. Describe why and how people protect the environment
b. Describe how and why people protect or fail to protect the environment
b. Describe why and how people make decisions about protecting the environment
c. Explain how people adapt to changes in the environment, such as using less water in the drought
c. Explain how people adapt to changes in the environment
c. Compare ways that people adapt to the environment for food, clothing, and shelter
 

 

MSDE has developed a toolkit for these standards which can be found online at: http://mdk12.org/instruction/curriculum/social_studies/vsc_toolkit.html.

 

Date: 1/27/2015