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;


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

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.


ESSENTIALS

Physical features and climate of the Great Plains

 Flatlands that rise gradually from east to west

 Land eroded by wind and water

 Low rainfall

 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.

Inventions

 Barbed wire

 Steel plows

 Windmills

 Railroads

Adaptations

 Dry farming

 Sod houses

 Beef cattle

 Wheat farming


KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 16, 2018