Grade 7 Unit 1 Introduction to Geography

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Geography             

Grade: 7th

Unit 1: Introduction to Geography                       

Pacing: Marking Period 1- 10 days

Essential Question(s):

1.     What is geography?

2.     What are the 5 themes of geography?

3.     How do maps and globes portray the world in different ways?

Big Idea(s):

1.     Geography is the study of the earth’s surface, the connections between places, and the relationships between people and their environment.

2.     The 5 themes of geography are location, place, human-environment

interaction, movement, and region.

         3.Maps are used to show specific information as it relates to the physical

           world.                                                    

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

1.5-2: Analyze how the environment affects a nation’s economic and social development.   

1.7-1: Identify the powers and functions of international governmental bodies.

2.1-1: Gather information from thematic maps.

2.5-1: Create accurate maps of an area, region, or nation and provide      relevant information.

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

Concepts (Need to Know)

Skills (Able to Do)

BL

  I. Location

     A. Relative and absolute location

II. Place

     A. Physical

            1. climate

            2. landforms

            3. bodies of water

     B. Human

            1. culture

            2. population

            3. work

III. Human Environment Interaction

      A. Resources

      B. Work

      C. Culture

IV. Movement

     A. People

     B. Goods

     C. Ideas

V. Regions

    A. Climate

    B. Land

    C. Population Groups

 

(4) Analyze (economic and social development)

(3) Identify (governmental bodies)

(1) Gather (information from maps)

(6) Create (thematic maps)

(4) Provide (information pertaining to maps)

*(3) Select (statistical information)

*(2) Illustrate (map key)

 

 

Assessments

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

 

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

 

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

 

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

*Textbooks

*Primary/Secondary Sources

*Maps

*Graphic Organizers

*Videos

*PowerPoint/Smartboard

*Computers

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

atmosphere

birthrate

climate

constitution

consumer

culture

death rate

demographer

economy

environment

geography

immigrant

latitude

life expectancy

longitude

movement

parallel

plains

population distribution

push-pull theory

recyclable resource

region

renewable resource

social structure

supply and demand

technology

temperature

urbanization

vegetation

weather

 

geographic dictionary

daily geography

math – latitude, longitude

science – earth processes, climate