Modern Europe
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 5

In this unit, you'll learn about the countries of Europe, exploring their geographies, economies, governments, and cultures. Throughout the unit, you'll create a poster-sized map of the continent and build a guide to Europe that will provide detailed information on many countries and serve as your final project.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 11-13 social studies units utilize a Timeline of Ancient Civilization along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events. Cards are color coded so your child can easily see and compare what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time.
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  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Europe
  • Lesson 2: Scandinavia and Finland
  • Lesson 3: The British Isles
  • Lesson 4: The Low Countries, Germany, and France
  • Lesson 5: Spain, Portugal, and Italy
  • Lesson 6: Switzerland and Austria (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Slovenia, Croatia, Belarus, Baltic States (3 Days)
  • Lesson 8: Central Europe
  • Lesson 9: Ukraine, Moldova, Caucasian Republics
  • Lesson 10: Southeast Europe (2 Days)
  • Final Project: A Quick Guide to Europe (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze current economic issues in the countries of Europe using a variety of information resources. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the impact of the concept of democracy on nations of Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Compare the distribution of natural gas, oil, forests, uranium, minerals, coal, seafood, and water in European countries. (Social Studies)
  • Define and compare citizenship and the citizen's role in selected countries of Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Describe and compare major cultural characteristics of regions in Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Describe and compare major physical characteristics of regions in Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how major forms of government in Europe protect or protected citizens and their civil and human rights. (Social Studies)
  • Distinguish between the material and non-material aspects of culture. (Social Studies)
  • Examine art, music, literature, and architecture in Europe; explain their relationship to the societies that created them, and give examples of how artistic ideas have spread from one culture to another. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the influence of physical and cultural factors upon the economic systems of countries in Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Examine the role of individuals and groups in societies of Europe, identify connections among cultures, and trace the influence of cultures of the past on present societies. Analyze patterns of change, including the impact of scientific and technological innovations, and examine the role of artistic expression in selected cultures of Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Explain and give examples of how nature has impacted the physical environment and human populations in specific areas of Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Explain how ocean currents and winds influence climate differences on Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Explain that cultures change in three ways: cultural diffusion, invention, and innovation. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the impact of humans on the physical environment in Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the term socialization, and compare the way people learn the rules and their roles in the groups to which they belong in different cultures and times. (Social Studies)
  • Explain why international trade requires a system for exchanging currency between various countries. (Social Studies)
  • Form research questions and use a variety of information resources to obtain, evaluate, and present data on people, cultures, and developments in Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Give examples and describe the formation of important river deltas, mountains, and bodies of water in Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Give examples of how land and water forms, climate, and natural vegetation have influenced historical trends and developments in Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Give examples of how religious beliefs and philosophical ideas have spread from one culture to another among societies of Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and locate on maps the countries and capitals of Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Identify current patterns of population distribution and growth in Europe using a variety of geographic representations such as maps, charts, graphs, and satellite images and aerial photography. (Social Studies)
  • Identify environmental issues that affect Europe. Examine contrasting perspectives on these problems and explain how human-induced changes in the physical environment in one place cause changes in another place. (Social Studies)
  • Identify examples of inventions and technological innovations that have brought about cultural change in Europe and examine their impact. (Social Studies)
  • Identify issues related to a historical event in Europe and give basic arguments for and against that issue utilizing the perspectives, interests, and values of those involved. (Social Studies)
  • Identify major biomes of Europe and explain how these are influenced by climate. (Social Studies)
  • Locate and describe the climate regions of Europe and explain how and why they differ. (Social Studies)
  • Use data gathered from a variety of information resources to compare different forms of government in Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Use latitude and longitude to locate the capital cities of Europe and describe the uses of locational technology, such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to distinguish absolute and relative location and to describe Earth's surfaces. (Social Studies)
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