Movement and Change
- Identify ways people depend on and interact with the physical environment.
- Compare the lifestyles of groups of people (e.g., families, tribes and cultures) in various regions over time.
- Compare the features of the physical environment of the Midwest to another U.S. region.
- Utilize major elements of a map to locate specific places (e.g., title, scale, legend/key, directional indicators, number/letter grid system).
Essential Understandings & Guiding Questions
Essential Understanding: People depend on, adapt to, and modify their environment to meet basic needs.
- Why do people depend on the environment?
- How do people use the environment to meet basic needs?
- How can humans positively or negatively affect the environment?
- Why is caring for the environment so important?
Essential Understanding: The movement of people, goods, and ideas impact a society.
- What goods and ideas can be moved throughout communities?
- How can the movement of people impact society?
- What changes happen in society because of movement?
- How do technological, economic, and social advances affect society?
Essential Understanding: A place’s growth depends on land forms, natural resources, natural defense, and location.
- What physical features define a place?
- Why do people settle where they do?
- How do land forms, natural resources, natural defense, and location effect the growth of a place?
- How is transportation dependent on natural resources?
- What positive and negative effects can occur as a result of human/environment interactions?
Essential Understanding: One individual’s effort to bring about change can impact a society.
- What motivates people to change?
- How can one individual make a difference in society?
- What happens to a society when individuals don’t become involved?
Exploration’s past, present, and future
- Motivation for exploration
- Challenges of exploration
- Technology used and developed
- Impact of exploration on different groups of people and the environment
Key groups of explorers
- Environmental impact
- Social impact
- Cultural influences
- Interactions with native populations
Native American Tribes (Midwest/Northeast)
- Cultural characteristics
- Use of natural resources
- Meeting basic needs
- Economics and trade