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2016-2017 Nonfiction Topics and Themes

MonthCurriculum TopicGeography Standard * °
SeptemberEARTH’S OCEANSExplain why environmental characteristics vary among different world regions.
OctoberSTATE NAMES AND SHAPESCultural and Environmental
Construct maps and other graphic representations of both familiar and unfamiliar places.
NovemberREADING A WEATHER MAP Use maps, satellite images, photographs, and other representations to explain relationships between the locations of places and regions and their environmental characteristics.
DecemberEARTH’S HEMISPHERESDescribe how the spatial patterns of economic activities in a place change over time because of interactions with nearby and distant places. (D2.Geo.11.3-5)
JanuaryReading a
Topographic Map
Describe how environmental and cultural characteristics influence population distribution in specific places or regions. (D2.Geo.6.3-5)
FebruaryMAP COORDINATESExplain how cultural and environmental characteristics affect the distribution and movement of people, goods, and ideas.
MarchREADING A PHYSICAL MAPUse maps of different scales to describe the locations of cultural and environmental characteristics.
April/MayECOREGIONSExplain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time.

* Based on The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History, published by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Silver Spring MD.

° Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will also be provided with each Teacher’s Guide

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