The Land
Age 7-9: Concept 1 - Environment: Unit 2

In this unit your child will learn about a variety of different types of maps, the parts of a map, and how to use maps. She will learn about resources found in the environment and how resources are used and conserved. She will also explore farming in the U.S. For her final project, she will create her own island environment.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit, Sarah, Plain and Tall.
 
 

Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in second or third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Where You Live
  • Lesson 2: Types of Maps
  • Lesson 3: Reading Maps (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Natural Resources (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Conserving Natural Resources
  • Lesson 6: Environment of the United States (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Farming In the U.S. (2 Days)
  • Lesson 8: My Environment (2 Days)
  • Final Project: My Own Island

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Cite ways people modify the physical environment to meet their needs. (Social Studies)
  • Define geography and use geographic terms to describe landforms, bodies of water, weather, and climate. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the role of a geographer and apply geographic tools such as maps, globes, compasses, and photographs in the understanding of locations and characteristics of places and regions. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the role of a geographer and apply geographic tools, such as maps, globes, compasses, and photographs in the understanding of locations and characteristics of places and regions. (Social Studies)
  • Explain how people depend on the environment to meet certain needs. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and describe the people, vegetation, and animal life specific to certain regions and describe their interdependence. (Social Studies)
  • Identify changes in the environment. (Social Studies)
  • Identify natural resources and cite ways to conserve and replenish natural resources. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the absolute and relative location of communities. (Social Studies)
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