Social Studies - 2018-19

3.6 d, e - Geographic Features by Continent (North & South America)

The student will develop map skills by using globes and maps to locate and describe major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of

d) North America; and

e) South America.


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

  • So that the physical environment affects the people who live there
  • So that factors, such as the availability of land, water, other natural resources, and the climate, influence the patterns of human settlement
  • So that people adapt to their environment in different ways
  • So that simple geographic skills and tools help us understand the places on the Earth, as well as spatial relationships
  • So that relative location helps me find a places by noticing what is near it
  • So that absolute location helps me find a place by using its exact address (letter-number grid system, street address, etc.)
  • So that regions can be identified by different characteristics (culture, climate, government, physical features, etc.)

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

The continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and South America have unique geographic features.


ESSENTIALS

Major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of North America

  • Mississippi River: One of the longest rivers in North America
  • Rio Grande: Marks part of the boundary between Mexico and the United States
  • Rocky Mountains: Located in western North America and extend from Canada to New Mexico
  • Appalachian Mountains: Located in eastern North America and extend from Canada to Alabama
  • Great Lakes: A series of interconnected freshwater lakes located in northeastern North America

Major rivers, mountain ranges, and other geographic features of South America

  • Amazon River: The second longest river in the world
  • Andes Mountains: The longest continental mountain range in the world
  • Amazon rainforest: The largest tropical rainforest in the world; includes many types of plants and animals


KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Sep 11, 2018