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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.
6.2.3Describe the predominant natural resources found in each region.
6.2.4Describe 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.
6.5.2Explain how cultural diffusion, both voluntary and forced, impacts societies of a region.
6.5.5Analyze reasons for conflict and cooperation among and between groups, societies, nations, and regions.