Grade 7 Unit 2 North America

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Geography                 

Grade: 7th

Unit 2: NORTH AMERICA                             

Pacing: 45 days

Essential Question(s):

1.     What are the major physical landforms and climate regions of Canada and the United States?

2.     How have the physical geography, climate and natural resources influenced population growth and development of cities in the United States and Canada?

3.     What led to cultural diversity in the United States and Canada and what affect has it had on their cultures?

4.     How has technology benefited and created challenges for the United States and Canada?

 

Big Idea(s):

1.     The US and Canada have a wide variety of unique physical features and variations in climate.

2.     Population growth occurs where natural resources enable people to thrive.

3.     The belief system, enforced by the Constitution, encourages cultural diversity.

4.     Technological advances have enabled the US and Canada to benefit their economies.

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

1.1-1: Compare and contrast historical events in other nations with those in

             American History.

 1.6-1: Analyze examples where technological changes influenced migration

              patterns in a region/country.

 2.5-2: Use visual means to compare two countries/regions or two historical

              periods in the same country/region.

 3.2-1: Compare, contrast, and evaluate two or more views of a contemporary national issue.

 

“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

(2) Compare and Contrast (historical events)

(4) Analyze (migration patterns)

(2) Compare (regions using visual means)

(2,4) Compare, Contrast, and Analyze (contemporary issue)

           

 

 

 

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

 

math – latitude, longitude

science – earth processes,

climate