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7th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

Course Description: The focus of 7th grade Social Studies promotes an awareness of the world through the examination of economics, government, and the five themes of geography. The essential skills and concepts of this course provide the necessary background knowledge for success in subsequent social studies coursework.

Scope and Sequence:

Timeframe

Unit

Instructional Topics

4-6 weeks

Foundations of Topic 1: Location Geography Topic 2: Physical Features

4-6 weeks Culture

Topic 1: Elements of Culture/Human Characteristics

4-6 weeks

Government

Topic 1: The Purpose of Government Topic 2: US Government Topic 3: Governments Around the World Topic 4: Comparing and Contrasting Government Systems

4-6 weeks

Human Environment Interaction

Topic 1: Ecosystems Topic 2: Humans Impact the Environment Topic 3: Environmental Impacts on People

4-6 weeks Migration

Topic 1: Population Topic 2: Movement-People Topic 3: Movement-Resources

4-6 weeks

Globalization

Topic 1: Economic Foundations Topic 2: Causes of Globalization Topic 3: Impacts of Globalization

4-6 weeks Create Your Own Country

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Unit 1: Foundations of Geography

Subject: Social Studies Grade: 7th Name of Unit: Foundations of Geography Length of Unit: 4-6 weeks Overview of Unit: Students will work on basic map/geography skills as well as determining location of key places on the globe. Standards Addressed:

Priority SS5 1.4, 1.5, 1.10 Locate and describe geographic places, using absolute and relative location, especially as people were able to define them more accurately SS5 1.4, 1.10 Locate the world's continents, oceans and major topographic features as civilizations spread SS5 1.4, 1.5, 1.10 Locate major cities and nations of the world in historical context SS5 1.6 Explain physical characteristics, such as climate, topography, relationship to water and ecosystems

Supporting: SS5 1.8 Construct Maps SS5 1.10 Describe how physical processes shape the physical environment. SS5 1.10 Use geography to interpret the past, explain the present and plan for the future CCSS: Select, investigate, and present a topic using primary and secondary resources, such as oral interviews, artifacts, journals, documents, photos, and letters CCSS: Integrate visual information from multimedia and digital sources ISTE-CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION 1 Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. ISTE-CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, AND DECISION MAKING 4 Use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

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Unwrapped Concepts Unwrapped Skills (Students Bloom's Taxonomy

(Students need to know) need to be able to do)

Levels

Webb's DOK

physical characteristics such

as climate

Explain

2

2

physical characteristics such

as topography

Explain

2

2

physical characteristics such

as relationship to water

Explain

2

2

physical characteristics such

as relationship to

ecosystems

Explain

2

2

major cities of the in a

historical context

Locate

1

1

major nations of the world

in a historical context

Locate

1

1

geographic places, using

absolute and relative

location, especially as

people were able to define

them more accurately

Locate

1

2

geographic places, using

absolute and relative

location, especially as

people were able to define

them more accurately

Describe

2

2

the world's continents as

civilizations spread

Locate

1

1

the world's oceans as

civilizations spread

Locate

1

1

the world's major

topographic features as

civilizations spread

Locate

1

1

Essential Questions: 1. How do absolute and relative location help us locate places and things? 2. How are places unique and different? 3. How does the location of places and topographic features illustrate history?

Enduring Understanding/Big Ideas: 1. Absolute location is determined by latitude and longitude, which is a measurement told to specify the precise location of features on the surface of the Earth. Relative location helps to understand locations based on their relation to other important places/locations. 2. Places are unique and different because of their varying climate, topography, plants/animals and location in connection to resources.

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3. Location of key places and topographical features help us to understand how and why people settled where they did.

Unit Vocabulary: Academic Cross-Curricular Words

Explain Locate Understand Describe Ecosystem

Resources for Vocabulary Development: Four-Square Vocabulary

Content/Domain Specific

Climate Topography Ecosystems Latitude Longitude Prime Meridian Equator

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Topic 1: Location

Engaging Experience 1 Title: Latitude/Longitude Battleship Suggested Length of Time: 2 class periods Standards Addressed

Priority: SS5 1.4, 1.5, 1.10 Locate and describe geographic places, using absolute and relative location, especially as people were able to define them more accurately. Supporting: N/A Detailed Description/Instructions: Students will be given a grid to plot points. Their points will represent their "battleships". The teacher will call out coordinates and they will have to determine whether their ships are on those specific coordinates. If their ship is hit, they will mark it on their grid. This is a fun way to practice plotting/finding coordinates. Students could even complete this in small partners instead of as a large class. Bloom's Levels: 1 Webb's DOK: 2

Engaging Experience 2 Title: $10,000 Pyramid: Relative Location Suggested Length of Time: 1 Class period (half class) Standards Addressed

Priority: SS5 1.4, 1.5, 1.10 Locate and describe geographic places, using absolute and relative location, especially as people were able to define them more accurately Supporting: N/A Detailed Description/Instructions: Students will work together in partners to play the relative location version of $10,000 Pyramid. They will complete to describe the places listed using ONLY relative location clues. Bloom's Levels: 2 Webb's DOK: 2

Engaging Experience 3 Title: Map Quiz Suggested Length of Time: ?-1 class period Standards Addressed

Priority: SS5 1.4, 1.10 Locate the world's continents, oceans and major topographic features as civilizations spread SS5 1.4, 1.5, 1.10 Locate major cities and nations of the world in historical context

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Supporting: SS5 1.10 Use geography to interpret the past, explain the present and plan for the future. ISTE-CRITICAL THINKING, PROBLEM SOLVING, AND DECISION MAKING 4 Use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Detailed Description/Instructions: Students will take a map quiz to show understanding of the locations of key places/landforms around the world. * Students could use as an online resource to guide their understanding of the key places/landforms that they will be expected to know and understand. Bloom's Levels: 1 Webb's DOK: 1

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