I Students will understand how geography influences community location and development.
1 Determine the relationships between human settlement and geography.
a Identify the geographic features common to areas where human settlements exist.
b Use map features to make logical inferences and describe relationships between human settlement and physical geography (e.g., population density in relation to latitude, cities' proximity to water, utilization of natural resources).
c Compare the shapes and purposes of natural and human-made boundaries of cities, counties and states.
2 Describe how various communities have adapted to existing environments and how other communities have modified the environment.
a Describe the major world ecosystems (i.e., desert, plain, tropic, tundra, grassland, mountain, forest, wetland).
b Identify important natural resources of world ecosystems.
c Compare elements of the local community with communities from different parts of the world (e.g., industry, economic specialization).
d Identify and explain the interrelationship of the environment (e.g., location, natural resources, climate) and community development (e.g., food, shelter, clothing, industries, markets, recreation, artistic creations).
e Examine changes in communities that can or have occurred when two or more cultures interact.
f Explain changes within communities caused by human inventions (e.g., steel plow, internal combustion engine, television, computer).