Grade 7 Unit 7 Pacific Realm

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject: Geography               

Grade: 7th

Unit 7: Pacific Realm               

Pacing:  15 days

Essential Question(s):

1.     How has its physical geography impacted the development of the Pacific Realm?

2.     How has the climate impacted the population growth and economic development of the Pacific Realm?

3.     How did colonialism affect the native island peoples?


Big Idea(s):

1.     Island countries develop differently than those on large landmasses.

2.     Variations in climate enable different kinds of economic development.

3.     Powerful and more technologically advanced countries dominated native peoples.

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.

 1.9-1: Compare and contrast the rights of citizens under different forms of

 government throughout the world.

1.10-1: Analyze how resources or lack of resources influenced a nation’s/region’s development.

“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)

(2) Compare and Contrast (historical events w/US)





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







penal colony

primary industry

secondary industry

tertiary industry


geographic dictionary

daily geography