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Social Studies: Grade 6 Version: GPS 08-09

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Unit Name: 01 - The Geography of Europe

Essential Question

Enduring Understanding

Elaborated Unit Focus: The focus of this unit is how the physical and cultural geography shapes the environment, nations, and people of Europe.

Every place has unique geographic features that influence how cultures develop.

  • Why are people attracted to certain regions in which to live? (G10a, b)
  • How does the physical geography of Europe contribute to its culture? (G8a, b; 10a, b)
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    Although most of Europe is evolving into a single political unit, it is still comprised of diverse cultures.

     

  • Why do the languages of Europe contribute to diversity? (G11a)
  • How do religious differences influence Europe? (G11b)
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    Humans have an impact on the natural environment.

  •   How have European actions changed the natural environment of Europe? (G9a) 
  • Topic 1

    Place

  • Physical and human characteristics
  • Impact of location, climate, physical characteristics, natural resources, population
  • Topic 1 Standards and Elements


    SS6G10
    SS6G10.a
    SS6G10.b
    SS6G8
    SS6G8.a
    SS6G8.b

    Topic 2

    Culture

  • Diversity of People
  • Language and Religion
  • Topic 2 Standards and Elements


    SS6G11
    SS6G11.a
    SS6G11.b
    SS6G11.c

    Topic 3

    Social and Political Interactions

  • Environmental Issues
  • Topic 3 Standards and Elements


    SS6G11
    SS6G11.c
    SS6G9
    SS6G9.a

    Unit Vocabulary

      harbor, channel, peninsula, strait, trade barriers, voluntary trade, natural resources.

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