Geography in the Delaware Recommended Curriculum
Units Designed Especially for Grades 6 to 8

Building Global Mental Maps

Grade 6 Geography Standard 1

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This unit uses a wide variety of maps and teaching strategies to extend student mental maps of the world and world regions. While the unit may be taught consecutively, learning will be extended throughout the school year. Pre and post mentals maps can be used to capture evidence of learning.

Development supported by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.
Humans Interact with the Environment

Grade 6 Geography Standard 2

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This large unit examines human interaction with physical Earth. The unit lays the foundation for future studies in science related to watersheds and weather. Lesson 1 looks at stream systems and how people use them. Lesson 2 explores human reactions to hazards in the environment. Agriculture is the topic of lesson 3. Lesson 4 is about energy needs.

Development supported in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Geographic Education Foundation.
Culture Patterns and Cultural Diffusion

Grade 6 Geography Standard 3

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What is culture, and how are cultures different? This unit uses the cultures of Asia to illustrate cultural patterns, to identify cultural hearths, and to explore the causes and effects of cultural diffusion as people trade and migrate.

Development partners: Social Studies Coalition of Delaware; Marty Mater, Michigan Geographic Alliance and Carol Gersmehl, New York Geographic Alliance.
Reasons for Regions

Grade 6 Geography Standard 4

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People make decisions about how they use land to make best use of resources and opportunities. Students look at economic regions and specialization in an economic context. South American case studies are used.

Development supported by the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware.
Green Cities

Grade 7 Geography Standard 3

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Site and situation work together to make up the city place. This unit looks at American cities and how our ideas of what a city should look like have changed over time. Students carefully read historical documents, maps and city plans. They apply ideas of city organization to design a green city.

Development supported by a Teacher Quality Enhancement grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Partnerships and Partitions

Grade 7 Geography Standard 4

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People draw boundaries between regions in an effort to organize space and manage conflict. Sometimes groups share space and cooperate to mutual benefit. This unit looks at conflict and cooperation in Europe and in the Middle East.

This unit is based on portions of Beyond Borders unit by the National Geographic Education Foundation.

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