• Target Strands for 1st Marking Period

    Unit 1: Geography

    USHI.2 The student will interpret maps, globes, photographs, pictures, or tables to

    a)   locate the seven continents and five oceans;

    b)  locate and describe major geographic regions of North America: Coastal Plain, Appalachian Mountains, Canadian Shield, Interior Lowlands, Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Basin and Range, and Coastal Range;

    c)  locate major water features and explain their importance to the early history of the United States: Great Lakes, Mississippi River, Missouri River, Ohio River, Columbia River, Colorado River, Rio Grande, St. Lawrence River, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Gulf of Mexico; and

    d)   recognize key geographic features on maps, diagrams, and/or photographs.


    Unit 2: Native Americans

    USI.3  The student will apply social science skills to understand how early cultures developed in North America by

    a)   describing how archaeologists have recovered material evidence of ancient settlements, including Cactus Hill in Virginia;

    b)   locating where the American Indians lived, with emphasis on the Arctic (Inuit), Northwest (Kwakiutl), Plains (Lakota), Southwest (Pueblo), and Eastern Woodlands (Iroquois); and

    c) Geography and climate affected how the various American Indian groups met their basic needs.


    Unit 3: European Explorers

    Begin Unit 3: European Exploration

    USI.4 Resources influenced what was produced and how it was produced.

    African people and African goods were among the world resources that drew European interest.

    c) Ghana, Mali, and Songhai each dominated West Africa in sequence from 300 to 1600 a.d. (C.E.).

    The student will apply social science skills to understand European exploration in North America and West Africa by

    a)   describing the motivations for, obstacles to, and accomplishments of the Spanish, French, Portuguese, and English explorations;