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A Introduction to Geography

B Physical Geography: Physical Features

  • In this unit students should be introduced to physical geography with a concentration on physical features.

  • Students should be able to analyze the characteristics of physical geography and apply this analysis to their world.

  • Students should address geographic elements and themes, the National Geography standards, and the NCSS Thematic strands.

  • In addition students should interpret various types of geographic information and how geographers look at the world.

  • B.1 The Earth

    • B.1.1 surface forces

    • B.1.2 physical features that create regions

    • B.1.3 uses of physical geography

    • B.1.4 Earth's structure

    • B.1.5 subterranean forces

    • B.1.6 plate tectonics theory

    • B.1.7 Ring of Fire

  • B.2 Water

    • B.2.1 importance of water

    • B.2.2 the water cycle

    • B.2.3 supply and scarcity

    • B.2.4 water as a resource

  • B.3 Climate

    • B.3.1 factors of weather and climate

    • B.3.2 major climate zones

    • B.3.3 climate change within regions

    • B.3.4 plant and animal life

  • B.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • B.Q.1 What is the impact of physical systems on choices people make on where they live?

    • B.Q.2 In what ways does scarcity of resources impact the rights of citizens in a region?

    • B.Q.3 How do ideas and beliefs about resources impact the daily lives of people in a given region?

    • B.Q.4 How might the current physical and ecological processes impact Earth and its' inhabitants in the future?

    • B.Q.5 How do surface forces and weather impact other physical systems?

C Physical Geography: Physical Systems

  • In this unit students should be introduced to physical geography with a concentration on physical systems.

  • Students should address geographic elements and themes, the National Geography standards, and the NCSS Thematic strands.

  • In addition students should interpret various types of geographic information and how geographers look at the world.

  • Students should be able to analyze the characteristics of physical geography and apply this analysis to their world.

  • C.1 The Earth in Space

    • C.1.1 orbit

    • C.1.2 rotation

    • C.1.3 revolution

    • C.1.4 sun

    • C.1.5 planets

    • C.1.6 seasons

  • C.2 Natural Environments

    • C.2.1 distribution of ecosystems

    • C.2.2 forest

    • C.2.3 desert

    • C.2.4 grassland

    • C.2.5 mountain

    • C.2.6 aquatic

  • C.3 Resources

    • C.3.1 natural

    • C.3.2 renewable

    • C.3.3 non-renewable

    • C.3.4 patterns of resources

    • C.3.5 scarcity and abundance of resources

    • C.3.6 energy

  • C.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • C.Q.1 What would be the consequences of a different earth orbit, rotation, revolution?

    • C.Q.2 In what ways are there global responsibilities for managing the physical environment? (Standard)

    • C.Q.3 In what ways might beliefs and ideas about energy impact the world's resources?

    • C.Q.4 How are the physical systems changing?

    • C.Q.5 What factors contribute to creation of various ecosystems?

D Human Geography: Culture

  • In this unit students should be introduced to human geography with a concentration on culture.

  • Students should address geographic elements and themes, the National Geography standards, and the NCSS Thematic strands.

  • In addition students should interpret various types of geographic information and how geographers look at the world.

  • Students should be able to analyze the characteristics of culture and apply this analysis to their world.

  • D.1 Development of Culture

    • D.1.1 traits

    • D.1.2 culture groups

    • D.1.3 language

    • D.1.4 food

    • D.1.5 customs

    • D.1.6 religion

    • D.1.7 traditions

    • D.1.8 history

    • D.1.9 ways of life

  • D.2 Cultural Regions

    • D.2.1 race

    • D.2.2 religion

    • D.2.3 ethnicities

    • D.2.4 languages

    • D.2.5 custom and tradition

    • D.2.6 cultural diversity

    • D.2.7 multiculturalism

    • D.2.8 cultural change and diffusion

  • D.3 Population

    • D.3.1 population patterns

    • D.3.2 distribution

    • D.3.3 density

    • D.3.4 urban

    • D.3.5 rural

    • D.3.6 population growth

    • D.3.7 demographics

    • D.3.8 movement

    • D.3.9 immigration

    • D.3.10 migration

  • D.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • D.Q.1 What types of choices influence the development of a culture?

    • D.Q.2 How are rights defined within a culture?

    • D.Q.3 How does the diversity within a region impact its cultural development?

    • D.Q.4 What are the most critical factors in bringing about cultural change?

    • D.Q.5 What is the impact of climate and resources on culture?

E Human Geography: Government, Economics, and Religion

F Human Impact on the Earth and Physical Systems

  • In this unit students should be introduced to physical and human geography with a concentration on interconnectedness and interaction between human and physical systems and implications of those relationships.

  • Students should address geographic elements and themes, the National Geography standards, and the NCSS Thematic strands.

  • In addition, students should interpret various types of geographic information and how geographers look at the world.

  • Students should be able to analyze the characteristics of culture and apply this analysis to their world.

  • F.1 Interconnectedness

    • F.1.1 significance of physical systems in supporting life

    • F.1.2 relationships between physical and human systems

    • F.1.3 human system impact on physical systems

  • F.2 Interaction

    • F.2.1 adaptation

    • F.2.2 industrialization

    • F.2.3 technology

    • F.2.4 energy

    • F.2.5 resources

    • F.2.6 consumption

    • F.2.7 production

    • F.2.8 waste

  • F.3 Implication

    • F.3.1 human adaptation

    • F.3.2 changing the physical environment

    • F.3.3 pollution

    • F.3.4 climate change

    • F.3.5 globalization

  • F.Q Sample Compelling Questions

    • F.Q.1 What are the critical factors on people's decisions on where to live and work?

    • F.Q.2 What are the responsibilities of land ownership and management?

    • F.Q.3 How will current ideas about resource management impact the world of the future?

    • F.Q.4 What critical changes are required to improve the health of the planet?

    • F.Q.5 In what ways does change in world population impact the geographic landscape?