Grade 6 Unit 1 Geography Skills

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Ancient World History

Grade: 6

Unit:  1 Geography Skills

Pacing : 10 days

 

Essential Question(s):

  1. Identify the parts of a map and distinguish between the purposes/differences between a physical and political map.
  2. Identify and locate specific geographic forms/landmasses and bodies of water on a world map.
  3. Describe key geographic terms and identify them on a physical map.

 

Big Idea(s):

  1. Important parts of a map are the compass rose, scale, title and map key. A Political map shows boundaries between continents, countries, states, provinces and symbols for capital cities and towns. The colors have no meaning; they only make the map easier to read. A Physical map shows the elevation of land above sea level, major rivers, lakes and other bodies of water. Color on a physical map has meaning.
  2. 7 Continents (Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Asia, Europe, North America & South America), Oceans/Seas (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea & Red Sea)
  3. Cataract, basin, mountain, island, sub continent, plateau, delta, source, river, tributary & plain.

 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

 

1.4.2 (gr. 3) Identify and locate earth’s continents and oceans. (gr. 4)Compare and contrast map types.

 

1.5.1 (gr.1) Explain the difference between man made and natural geographic features.

  

 

 “Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

 

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

- Map Skills 

Identify the major parts of a map:

  • Title
  • Compass Rose
  • Key
  • Major Geographical features.
  • Lines of Latitude & Longitude.
  • Hemispheres.

 

- Differentiate between physical and political maps.

 

- Recognize major geographic landforms.

  • Cataract
  • Basin
  • Mountain
  • Island
  • Sub-continent
  • Plateau
  • Delta
  • Source
  • River
  • Tributary
  • Plain
  • Continent

 

- Differentiate between man-made and natural geographic landforms.

 

Understand major parts of a map.

 

Distinguish between physical and political maps.

 

Label geographic landforms, continents and Oceans.

 

Create and illustrate a geography dictionary of geographic landforms.

 

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4

 

 

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Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

See Pre-Assessment Unit 1 Geography Skills

 

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

Will be created individually at the discretion of classroom teacher.

 

 

 

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

See Assessment Unit 1 Geography Skills

 

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

1.     Text pages M8, M10, M11 & 688 - 689

2.     Transparencies (showing physical and political maps)

3.     Colored pencils, construction paper, rulers

4.     Handouts.

5.     Large world physical and political maps.

 

 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Compass Rose
Scale
Title
Map key               Physical Map
Political Map
Continents
Country
State
Provinces
Elevation
Sea Level
River
Lake
Ocean
Sea
Cataract
Basin
Mountain
Island
Sub-Continent
Plateau
Delta
Source
Tributary
Plain
Hemisphere
Longitude
Latitude
Peninsula
Prime Meridian
Equator