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Mahomet-Seymour Schools

 Curriculum

Social Studies - Grade 8 Geography

 

 

 

The World's People

 

The learner will be able to explain what culture means.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to locate where ancient culture began.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to distinguish what elements make each culture unique.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to locate where most of the world's people live.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to understand how scientists measure population.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss how the earth's population is changing.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify what renewable and nonrenewable resources are.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how people use resources to make a living.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss how overusing resources may threaten the environment.

 

  

 

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The United States

 

The learner will be able to identify the landforms that are found in the United States.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the climates that affect the United States.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify how people in the United States earn their living.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why the United States ranks as a world economic leader.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the economic challenges the United States faces today.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe how the United States began.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why the United States is a land of many cultures.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss how the arts have developed in the United States.

 

  

 

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Canada

 

The learner will be able to describe how Canada's landscapes differ from region to region.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify where the oldest rock formations in North America are found.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how climate affects where Canadians live.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify Canada's natural resources.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss how Canadians earn a living.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the challenges Canada and its economy face today.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how Canada gained its independence.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the groups that make up the Canadian people.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to locate where most Canadians live.

 

  

 

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Mexico

 

The learner will be able to locate Mexico on a globe, map, or atlas.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain why Mexico is called the "land of the shaking earth".

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify climates found in Mexico.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how Mexicans earn a living.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the three economic regions of Mexico.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss the economic challenges that face modern Mexico.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify groups that influenced Mexican culture.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to contrast city life with country life in Mexico.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain what makes up Mexican culture today.

 

  

 

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Central America & the West Indies

 

The learner will be able to locate Central America on a globe or map.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how farming supports the economy of Central America.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify groups of people who influenced Central America.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe the landforms and climates of the West Indies.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how people in the West Indies earn a living.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the cultures found in the West Indies.

 

  

 

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Brazil and Its Neighbors

 

The learner will be able to locate Brazil on a map or globe.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe Brazil's landforms and climates.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how natural resources influence Brazil's economy.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the landscapes and climates found in Caribbean South America.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the early groups that influenced Caribbean South America.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how countries in South America use their resources.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to specify the locations of Uruguay and Paraguay.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how the people of Uruguay and Paraguay.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the cultures that have influenced Uruguay and Paraguay.

 

  

 

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Andean Countries

 

The learner will be able to locate Colombia on a map or globe.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list the products that Colombia exports.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to explain how Colombia became independent.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to compare landforms found in Peru and Ecuador.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify mineral resources mined in Peru and Equador.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to discuss how people live in Peru and Ecuador.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to examine the locations of Bolivia and Chile.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe landforms and climates found in Bolivia and Chile.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to contrast the economies of Bolivia and Chile.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to identify the physical regions that make up Argentina.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to list the products that come from Argentina.

 

  

 

The learner will be able to describe where Argentina's people live.

 

  

 

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