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Grade 6: Social Studies Academic Standards
6.2 The student will analyze the physical systems of the major regions of the Western Hemisphere.
|6.2.1||Use visual information to identify and describe on a physical map the landforms, bodies of water, climate, and vegetation zones that are important to each region.|
|6.2.2||Explain how the processes and factors of latitude, elevation, Earth-Sun relationships, prevailing winds, and proximity to bodies of water influence climate.|
|6.2.3||Describe the predominant natural resources found in each region.|
|6.2.4||Describe the relationship and summarize the impact of the distribution of major renewable and nonrenewable resources on each region.|
6.3 The student will identify the characteristics, distribution, and demographic patterns of human populations and systems of the Western Hemisphere.
|6.3.1||Identify on a political map the major countries and population centers of each region.|
|6.3.2||Identify and describe cultural traits of language, ethnic heritage, religion, and traditions practiced among peoples.|
|6.3.3||Analyze the impact of geography on population distribution, growth, and change, applying geographic concepts of population density, the availability of resources.|
|6.3.4||Describe how the push and pull factors of migration have affected settlement patterns and the human characteristics of places over time.|
|6.3.7||Identify and explain topics related to indigenous sovereignty.|
6.4 The student will analyze the interactions of humans and their environment in the Western Hemisphere.
|6.4.1||Describe the commercial agriculture and industrial regions that support human development.|
|6.4.2||Evaluate the effects of human modification on the natural environment through transformation caused by subsistence and commercial agriculture, industry, demand for energy, and urbanization.|
|6.4.3||Analyze the impact of climate and natural disasters on human populations, including forced migration, scarcity of consumer goods, economic activities, and loss of life.|
|6.4.6||Describe the role of citizens as responsible stewards of natural resources and the environment.|
6.5 The student will compare common physical and human characteristics of regions which create identity or uniqueness and influence people's perceptions of the Western Hemisphere.
|6.5.1||Define the concept of region and identify the major political, physical, cultural, and economic regions.|
|6.5.2||Explain how cultural diffusion, both voluntary and forced, impacts societies of a region.|
|6.5.5||Analyze reasons for conflict and cooperation among and between groups, societies, nations, and regions.|