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Social Studies - 4th Grade
Standard 1 Objective 2
1 class periods of 60 minutes each
Enduring understanding: The physical geography of Utah influences where people live.
This lesson will look at population concentrations in the State of Utah. Students will discuss the physical features that are part of various population centers and look for effects that those features may have on population.
Most of the people in Utah live in the Great Basin. The most populous areas in the state are along the benches of the Wasatch front. The desert areas and Colorado Plateau areas have very small population centers.
Students should be familiar with the three main landform regions of Utah. They should know and understand terms such as population and density.
Students will be able to identify where the high and low population centers in Utah are located. Students will be able to give plausible effects of geography on where the people in Utah live.
High ability learners may want to spend additional time investigating populations of different areas of Utah. Bookmark websites on class computers so that they may engage in these investigations.
No formal assessment is planned for this lesson.