Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.2 c - Technology and the Environment

The student will analyze how physical and ecological processes shape Earth’s surface by 

c) explaining how technology affects one’s ability to modify and adapt to the environment.

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

Theme- Environment & Interaction

What makes up the Earth's environment?

How do humans affect their environment?

How does technology help humans adapt to their environment?


UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Technology has expanded people’s ability to modify and adapt to their physical environment.

ESSENTIALS

Influence of technology 

  • Agriculture (e.g., fertilizers, mechanization) 
  • Energy usage (e.g., fossil fuels, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, solar) 
  • Transportation (e.g., road building, railways, suburbs, mass/rapid transit, airport expansion) 

Environmental impact on humans 

  • Settlement patterns 
  • Housing materials 
  • Agricultural activity 
  • Types of recreation 

Transportation patterns 

  • Need for disaster planning

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018