SS 5.3.1.c Analyze why things are located where they are in the United States (e.g., Why were the 13 colonies located on the eastern side of the United States? Why was corn raised in Pennsylvania and Ohio and cotton in Virginia and Georgia?)
Places and Regions
SS 5.3.2 Students will compare the characteristics of places and regions and draw conclusions on their impact on human decisions.
SS 5.3.2.a Define regions within the United States using multiple criteria. (e.g., Silicon Valley, Bread Basket)
SS 5.3.2.b Classify regions and places within the United States using physical and human features (e.g., Rocky Mountains, The Southwest, Great Plains, Corn Belt, Cotton Belt)
SS 5.3.2.c Identify and classify regions (e.g., cities, states, and congressional districts)
SS 5.3.3 Students will draw conclusions about the natural processes in the physical world.
SS 5.3.3.a Explain how physical processes shape the United States' features and patterns (e.g., weathering, erosion, plate tectonics and internal forces and climate)
SS 5.3.3.b Identify examples of ecosystems located in the United States (e.g., forests, deserts, grasslands)
SS 5.3.4 Students will compare, contrast and draw conclusions about the characteristics of culture and migration in the United States.
SS 5.3.4.a Compare and contrast patterns of culture within the United States (e.g., language, religion, food)
SS 5.3.4.b Compare and contrast population characteristics of the United States (e.g., density, distribution, growth rates)
SS 5.3.4.c Compare and contrast historical and present day migrations to and within the United States
SS 5.3.5 Students will describe how humans have adapted to and modified different environments in Early American history.
SS 5.3.5.a Describe the impact of extreme natural events in Early United States History on the human and physical environment (e.g., blizzards, floods, drought)
SS 5.3.5.b Describe how humans have utilized natural resources in the United States (e.g., construction of dams, Transcontinental RR, Erie Canal, National Road, land use changes from prairie and forests to agriculture and ranching)
SS 5.3.5.c Analyze issues related to the natural setting in Early America (e.g., access to water, construction materials, and raw materials for daily living and economic development; impact of climate and terrain on living conditions and movement of people goods and services)
SS 5.3.5.e Describe human adaptations to the physical environment. (e.g., use of air conditioning, irrigation, agricultural activities, soil testing, erosion control)
Application of Geography to Issues and Events
SS 5.3.6 Students will use geographic skills to interpret issues and events.
SS 5.3.6.a Explain the influences of physical and human geographic features on historical events in the United States (e.g., railroads building along river valley floodplains, building the Erie Canal to connect the East Coast with the Great Lakes, migrating through the Cumberland Gap into the Kentucky bluegrass region)
SS 5.3.6.b Analyze aspects of human and physical geography that have shaped the settlement and development of Early America, latitude and longitude in the role of early navigation (e.g., groundwater and irrigation, westward expansion of European immigrants, seeds, fertile soils, agriculture, transportation systems, water power)