3. Student Learning Map

  • Topic:11 Physical Geography of North America
  • Subject(s):Social Studies
  • Days:12
  • Grade(s):7
Key Learning: Major physical characteristics including landforms, natural resources,climate regions, and vegetation vary throughout the North American Continent influencing the way people live.
Unit Essential Question(s):

How do landforms, natural resources, climate regions, and vegetation vary throughout North America influencing the way people live?


Land and Water

The student will be able to name and describe the major landforms and waterways of North America and identify them on a map or globe.


Climate and Vegetation

Using maps, the students will be able to identify, describe, and locate the major climate and vegetation regions in North America.


Resources and Land Use

The student will be able to identify the major natural resources of North America and explain their significance to the economies of the different regions.

The student will also be able to describe the  ways land can be utilized for different goals.

Additional Information:

Use "Subheadings with a Twist"strategy from Pre-AP Vertical Teaming booklet.

Reading Strategy - Foldables (Travel Brochures), K-W-L, maps, transparencies, graphic organizers, internet, globes, atlases, World Studies textbook, Venn diagram

Web sources:www.Nationalgeographic.com;www.smithsonian.com


Vocabulary Report

  • glacier -

    a huge, slow-moving mass of snow and ice

  • tundra -

    a cold, dry region covered with snow for more than half the year

  • alluvial soil -

    fertile topsoil left by a river, especially after a flood

  • tributary -

    a river or stream that flows into a larger river or stream

  • permafrost -

    a permanently frozen layer of ground below the top layer of soil

  • agribusiness -

    a large company that runs huge farms

  • prairie -

    a region of flat or rolling land covered with grasses

  • hydroelectricity -

    electric power produced by moving water

  • province -

    a political division of land in Canada similar to a state in the United States

  • fossil fuel -

    a fuel formed over millions of years from animal and plant remains