2020 Colorado Academic Standards Online
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clear Content Area: Social Studies // Grade Level: Fifth Grade // Standard Category: 2. Geography
Fifth Grade, Standard 2. Geography
- 3. Apply geographic representations and perspectives to analyze human movement, spatial patterns, systems, and the connections and relationships among them.
1. Use geographic tools and sources to research and answer questions about United States geography.
- Answer questions about regions of the United States using various types of maps.
- Use geographic tools to identify, locate, and describe places and regions in the United States and suggest reasons for their location.
- Describe the influence of accessible resources on the development of local and regional communities throughout the United States.
- Investigate geographic resources to form hypotheses, make observations, and draw conclusions about communities in the United States. (Entrepreneurial Skills: Inquiry/Analysis)
- How can various types of maps and other geographic tools communicate geographic information incorrectly?
- How do you think differently about data when it is displayed spatially?
- How and why do we label places?
- How have places and regions in the United States been influenced by the physical geography of North America over time?
- Spatial thinkers use geographic tools to evaluate data in order to answer geographic questions.
- Spatial thinkers locate places and identify resources, physical features, regions, and populations using geographic tools.
- Spatial thinkers use geographic technologies to enhance the ability to locate and analyze maps to answer questions. For example: historians use maps to help re-create settings of historical events, and individuals use maps to learn about different geographic areas.
- Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
- Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
- Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
- Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
- 4. Examine the characteristics of places and regions, and the changing nature among geographic and human interactions.
2. Causes and consequences of movement.
- Identify variables associated with discovery, exploration, and migration.
- Explain migration, trade, and cultural patterns that result from interactions among people, groups, and cultures.
- Describe and analyze how specific physical and political features influenced historical events, movements, and adaptation to the environment.
- Analyze how cooperation and conflict among people contribute to political, economic, and social divisions in the United States.
- Give examples of the influence of geography on the history of the United States.
- Consider purpose, formality of context and audience, and distinct cultural norms when planning the content, mode, delivery, and expression of analysis of historical events and movements. (Civic/Interpersonal Skills: Communication)
- Identify and explain multiple perspectives when exploring ideas about conflict in the United States. (Civic/Interpersonal Skills: Global/Cultural Awareness)
- What human and physical characteristics have motivated, prevented, or impeded migration and immigration over time?
- How can migration and immigration be represented geographically?
- How has the movement of people and their belongings affected the environment both positively and negatively?
- Geographic thinkers study patterns of human movement.
- Geographic thinkers understand how technology has influenced movement to, colonization of, and the settlement of North America.
- Geographic thinkers examine how the migration of individuals affects society including economic and environmental impacts.
- Draw evidence from geographic tools or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
- Determine the kinds of sources that will be helpful in answering compelling and supporting questions, taking into consideration the different opinions people have about how to answer the questions.
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