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Social Studies - Geography for Life
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Standard 5
Students will understand the interaction of physical and human systems.
Objective 1
Explore how humans change the environment and how the environment changes humans.

  • Mystery Island
    In Mystery Island, the student works in a committee of four in which they are stranded on an unknown island and have to answer basic survival questions in order to find a settlement. There are four maps of the same island with information on scale, water bodies, vegetation, landforms and climate patterns, that the students will study to help them through Mystery Island.
      Enduring Understanding:Students will understand how human activities shape the earth's surface.
      Essential questions:
    • How do people adapt to their environment?
    • How is water important to settlement patterns?
    • How do physical environments provide advantages and disadvantages.
  • Population Growth and Urban Planning

    World population growth is a major global issue, particularly in large cities where populations increase exponentially. What are the results of rapid population growth in cities? What changes must occur to accommodate growing populations? What are the major causes and effects of this growth?

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