Social Studies - 2018-19
USII.2a - The Great Plains
The student will use maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables for
a) explaining how physical features and climate influenced the movement of people westward;
UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD
During the nineteenth century, people’s perceptions and use of the Great Plains changed.
Technological advances allowed people to live in more challenging environments.
Physical features and climate of the Great Plains
Flatlands that rise gradually from east to west
Land eroded by wind and water
Frequent dust storms
Because of new technologies, people saw the Great Plains not as a “treeless wasteland” but as a vast area to be settled.