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Skills available for Utah eighth-grade social studies standards

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1 Students will understand the world in spatial terms.

2 Students will understand the human and physical characteristics of places and regions.

  • 1 Interpret place by its human and physical characteristics.

  • 2 Assess how people create regions to interpret the earth's surface.

    • a Recognize how peoples create regions to understand a large, complex, and changing world.

    • b Characterize the similarities and differences within and between regions.

  • 3 Evaluate how culture and experience influence the way people live in places and regions.

    • a List and define components of culture; e.g., race, gender roles, education, religion.

    • b Explain the effects of cultural diffusion from country to country.

3 Students will understand how physical processes shape the earth's surface.

  • 1 Examine the physical processes that shape the earth's surface.

    • a Examine the role of plate tectonics in shaping the earth's surface.

    • b Assess the external forces of weathering and erosion.

    • c Explain the factors that combine to shape climatic and vegetation patterns on earth.

  • 2 Assess the characteristics and location of ecosystems.

    • a Identify the characteristics of ecosystems.

    • b Use geographic tools to identify the location and distribution of global ecosystems.

    • c Compare regions of the earth with similar physical features, such as semi-arid regions in Utah with other semiarid regions of the world.

4 Students will understand how human activities shape the earth's surface.

5 Students will understand the interaction of physical and human systems.

  • 1 Explore how humans change the environment and how the environment changes humans.

    • a Evaluate the role of technology in modifying the physical environment.

    • b Explain how historical events affect physical and human systems.

    • c Discuss regional issues; e.g., desertification, deforestation, pollution.

    • d Predict the potential effect of human modification on the physical environment.

  • 2 Assess the importance of natural and human resources.

    • a Describe the roles of natural and human resources in daily life.

    • b Identify worldwide distribution and use of human and natural resources.

    • c Compare and contrast the use of renewable and nonrenewable resources.

    • d Evaluate the role of energy resources as they are consumed, conserved, and recycled.

6 Students will use geographic knowledge to connect to today's world.

  • 1 Apply geographic concepts to interpret the past.

    • a Apply an understanding of cultures as an integrated whole including traditions, behavior patterns, and technologies.

    • b Explain why and how individuals, groups, and institutions respond to continuity and change.

    • c Relate economic development to the distribution of resources.

    • d Recognize that both human choices and natural events have consequences.

  • 2 Apply geographic concepts to interpret the present and plan for the future.

    • a Examine how the unequal distribution of resources effects economic development.

    • b Investigate career opportunities available through the application of geography skills and concepts.

    • c Participate in community activities respecting the environment and personal property.