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Skills available for Alabama seventh-grade social studies standards

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1 Describe the world in spatial terms using maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies.

2 Determine how regions are used to describe the organization of Earth's surface.

3 Compare geographic patterns in the environment that result from processes within the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere of Earth's physical systems.

  • Comparing Earth-Sun relationships regarding seasons, fall hurricanes, monsoon rainfalls, and tornadoes

  • Explaining processes that shape the physical environment, including long-range effects of extreme weather phenomena

  • Describing characteristics and physical processes that influence the spatial distribution of ecosystems and biomes on Earth's surface

  • Comparing how ecosystems vary from place to place and over time

  • Comparing geographic issues in different regions that result from human and natural processes

4 Evaluate spatial patterns and the demographic structure of population on Earth's surface in terms of density, dispersion, growth and mortality rates, natural increase, and doubling time.

5 Explain how cultural features, traits, and diffusion help define regions, including religious structures, agricultural patterns, ethnic enclaves, ethnic restaurants, and the spread of Islam.

6 Illustrate how primary, secondary, and tertiary economic activities have specific functions and spatial patterns.

  • Comparing one location to another for production of goods and services

  • Analyzing the impact of economic interdependence and globalization on places and their populations

  • Explaining why countries enter into global trade agreements, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA), the European Union (EU), the Mercado ComĂșn del Sur (MERCOSUR), and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

7 Classify spatial patterns of settlement in different regions of the world, including types and sizes of settlement patterns.

8 Determine political, military, cultural, and economic forces that contribute to cooperation and conflict among people.

9 Explain how human actions modify the physical environment within and between places, including how human-induced changes affect the environment.

10 Explain how human systems develop in response to physical environmental conditions.

  • Identifying types, locations, and characteristics of natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and mudslides

  • Differentiating ways people prepare for and respond to natural hazards, including building storm shelters, conducting fire and tornado drills, and establishing building codes for construction

11 Explain the cultural concept of natural resources and changes in spatial distribution, quantity, and quality through time and by location.

  • Evaluating various cultural viewpoints regarding the use or value of natural resources

  • Identifying issues regarding depletion of nonrenewable resources and the sustainability of renewable resources

12 Explain ways geographic features and environmental issues have influenced historical events.