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					Grade Level: 3rd
Unit Title: Geography
Duration: 4 weeks

Map Skills (scale, compass rose <cardial & intermediate>, grid, legend, symbols, title)

1. Understandings:                                    Essential Questions:
 How to use scale, a compass rose, grid               How does knowing your place in the world
    system, a legend, and symbols to locate              help you learn about yourself and others?
    places on maps and globes.                         How are map skills used to learn more
 The concepts of location, distance, and                about yourself and others?
    direction on maps and globes.
Knows:                                                Dos:
 Scale determines the distance between                Use a scale to determine the distance
  places on a map.                                       between places on a map.
 Cardinal and intermediate directions help            Create and interpret maps of places and
  locate places on a map such as the Rocky               regions, including title, compass rose,
  Mountains, the Mississippi River, and                  legends, scale, and grid system.
  Austin, Texas in relation to the local               Identify and use the compass rose, grid
  community.                                             system, and symbols to locate places on a
 The compass rose, grid system, and symbols             map.
  help locate places on a map.                         Use cardinal and intermediate directions to
 Maps of places and regions contain map                 locate places on a map such as the rocky
  elements, including a title, compass rose,             Mountains, the Mississippi River, and
  legend, scale, and grid system.                        Austin, Texas in relation to the local
                                                         community.
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Timelines
2. Understanding:                                      Essential Questions:
 Dates and events can be organized in years,           How does a timeline help understand the
    decades, or centuries to describe historical          events in a person’s life?
    times.                                              How does the organization of time and
 Concept of time and chronology.                         events help understand history?



Knows:                                                 Dos:
 To create and interpret timelines using the
  terms year, decade, and century to describe
  historical times.




Resources:
Landforms
3. Understandings:                                Essential Questions:
 How humans adapt to variation in the             How has our community adapted or
    physical environment.                            modified the physical environment in
 How humans adapt to the variations in the          which we live?
    physical environment, including climate,       How have humans adapted or modified the
    landforms, natural resources, and natural        physical environment in which they live?
    hazards.


Knows:                                            Dos:
 Variations in physical environments,             Describe and explain variations in physical
   including climate, landforms, natural             environments, including climate,
   resources, and natural hazards, shape the         landforms, natural resources, and natural
   land.                                             hazards.
 Physical process such as volcanoes,              Identify and compare how people in
   hurricanes, and earthquakes shape the             different communities adapt to or modify
   landscape.                                        the physical environment.
 People in different communities adapt to
   or modify the physical environment.
 The human characteristics of various
   regions.
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Important People in Geography (Shaping the U.S)
4. Understandings:                                Essential Questions:
 How Pierre-Charles L’Enfant, Benjamin            How did the actions of Pierre-Charles
    Banneker, and Christopher Columbus               L’Enfant, Benjamin Banneker, and
    influenced various communities.                  Christopher Columbus affect our world
                                                     today?




Knows:                                            Dos:
 Pierre-Charles L’Enfant and Benjamin             Describe how Christopher Columbus
  Banneker planned the design for our                contributed to the creation of new
  nation’s capital.                                  communities.
 Christopher Columbus was an explorer             Identify how Pierre-Charles L’Enfant and
  who paved the way for Europeans to come            Benjamin Banneker helped shaped
  to the Americans.                                  communities.
                                                   Create a timeline of Christopher Columbus
                                                     using years, decades, and centuries.
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Actions of People (Shaping the U.S.)
5. Understandings:                            Essential Questions:
 How individuals, events, and ideas have      How have the past actions of individuals
    influenced the history of various            affected our world today?
    communities.




Knows:                                        Dos:
 Human processes such as building new         Describe the affects of human processes
  homes, conservations, and pollution shape      such as building new homes, conservation,
  the landscape.                                 and pollution.
                                               Identify and compare the human
                                                 characteristics of various regions.


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