Grade 7 Unit 5 Europe

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Geography               

Grade: 7th

Unit 5: EUROPE                     

Pacing:  20 days

Essential Question(s):

1.     How has the geography of Europe and Russia influenced economic differences in the region?

2.     How do governments differ among nations in Europe & Russia?

3.     How has the development of the European Union changed Modern Europe?

Big Idea(s):

1.     Peninsulas, mountains, and rivers have an impact on economic development.

2.      Countries have changed their governments throughout European history.

3.       Treaties and agreements among nations can facilitate economic advantages.

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

1.4-1: Identify selected countries and analyze the advantages and challenges created by their locations.

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

  1.7-2: Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different forms of government.

 1.8-1: Analyze the factors that led to the rise of different types of governments in nations of the world.

  1.9-1: Compare and contrast the rights of citizens under different forms of government throughout the world.

1.11-1: Compare and contrast basic differences among economic systems in the world.


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

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)


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 (pro’s and con’s of locations)

(3) Identify (governmental bodies)

(5) Evaluate (forms of government)

(4) Analyze (rise of governments)

(2) Compare and Contrast (rights of citizens)

(2) Compare and Contrast (differences among economic systems)





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:


*Primary/Secondary Sources


*Graphic Organizers





Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies: 

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections


constitutional monarchy











United Nations



geographic dictionary

daily geography